Phalaenopsis

COMMON NAME

Moth orchids

TYPE

Orchid

FAMILY

Orchidaceae

NOTES

A genus of about seventy species. Phalaenopsis orchids are monopodial, growing vertically from a terminal growth point. One or two new leaves will appear at the top of the plant each year, while the older leaves at the base of the plant will die. Phalaenopsis is derived from the Greek words phalaina, moth; and opsis, appearance.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Native to southern China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea.

NATIVE HABITAT

Usually epiphytic, although there are ocassional lithophytes in rainforests

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org

aos.org

 

Phalaenopsis