Phalaenopsis amabilis (L.) Blume

Moth Orchid

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Phalaenopsis

Category: Houseplant


White flowers on long branches to 40", lip with 3 lobes. 3 to 5 dark green broad leaves, leathery, opposite. Fleshy roots.

Starting point for white hybrids along with Phalaenopsis aphrodite.


Published in Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind. 7: 294 in 1825. Also published in Bot. Mag. 73: 4297 in 1847 and in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 24: 34 in 1838.

Native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Australia.

Basionym Epidendrum amabile L.

Collected by Peter Osbeck in 1752 during a voyage from China to England and Linnaeus' description was based on this plant.

Pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Phalaenopsis #4 in 1898.

Synonyms: Cymbidium amabile (L.) Roxb., Phalaenopsis gloriosa Rchb.f., Phalaenopsis grandiflora Lindl. (pictured in Orchid Album 6: 277 in 1887), Synadena amabilis (L.) Raf., Phalaenopsis rimestadiana Linden & Rolfe, Phalaenopsis Elisabethae.


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