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Scientific Name: Phalaenopsis cvs.
Pronunciation: fal-ih-NOP-sis
Common Name: moth orchid
Family Name: Orchidaceae
Plant Type: Flowering pot plant
Key ID Features: Stems compressed; leaves alternate, broadly elliptic to obovate, margin entire, glossy, dark green; flowers in raceme on long sturdy green peduncle, very long lasting (some species resemble moths).
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Arching, Epiphytic
Form: Vase
Texture: Coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Growth Rate:Slow
Origin: Garden origin
Hardiness Rating: Zone 11: (above 4 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Cut flower or foliage, Floristry, Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google
moth orchid
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate, Basal
Texture/ Venation: Parallel venation, Succulent
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Obovate
Apices: Obtuse
Bases: Acute, Truncate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Raceme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Colour (petals): White, Green-yellow, Yellow, Pink, Purple, Red, Brown
Flower Time at Peak: Can flower any month
Additional Info: flowers can last over 2 months; to re-bloom locate plant in south facing window with a 5-8 C difference between day and night temperature

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant
Bark or Stem Colour: n/a
Organ Modifications: Aerial or climbing roots

Propagation: Division - above ground parts, Tissue culture
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:High indoor light level
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Other:Avoid direct sun; 15 - 29 C. Water every 7 (summer) to 14 days (winter) when pot feels light and let drain. After last flower wilts, cut peduncle 2-3 cm below the first bloom. If no branching after 6-8 weeks then cut all the way back.
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Bacterial leaf spot, Virus, Mealybugs
(NCA) Not Currently Available : needed
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