Phalaenopsis sumatrana

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Phalaenopsis sumatrana
Phalaenopsis sumatrana Orchi 036.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Genus: Phalaenopsis
Species: P. sumatrana
Binomial name
Phalaenopsis sumatrana
Korth. & Rchb.f.

Phalaenopsis sumatrana is a species of orchid endemic to peninsular Thailand, Vietnam and southern Sumatra.[1][2]


Illustration of Phalaenopsis sumatrana from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, vol. 91, 1865

Phalaenopsis sumatrana is a medium-sized, epiphytic orchid. Being a monopodial, it has a short stem, usually singular, covered with large overlaping oval leaves. The flowers are mildly fragrant, with waxy or fleshy petals and sepals, and of somewhat variable color. They appear in the spring through fall, borne on stems (inflorecences) about 12" long, with bracts spaced along their length. From each of the bracts sprouts a single flower, with the multiple flowers lined up along the end of the inflorescence.[3]


This species is found in lowland forests at elevations of 600 to 700 meters.[3]


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