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Genus :

PHALAENOPSIS

Family :

ORCHIDACEAE

Description


Terrestrial or epiphytic, monopodial herbs. Stems short, leafy, covered with leaf sheaths, rooting at base. Leaves persistent or sometimes deciduous, alternate, distichous, oblong to broadly elliptic, fleshy. Inflorescences erect to laxly pendulous, axillary pedunculate racemes or panicles; peduncle terete; floral bracts persistent, inconspicuous, succulent or papery. Flowers usually fragrant, resupinate, open successively, fleshy. Pedicel and ovary terete, 6-sulcate. Sepals and petals free, spreading, similar to dimorphic. Lip 3-lobed, clawed, saccate; lateral lobes erect, callose; mid-lobe oblong-elliptic, pubescent to villous; column stout, subtended by a pair of fleshy kneelike protrusions. Pollinia 2 or 4, round or ovoid, on a common spatulate stipe and viscidium. Capsule pedicellate.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Rachis of inflorescence flattened; flowers alternate, 2-ranked P. cornu-cervi
1b. Rachis of inflorescence not flattened; flowers facing all ways P. deliciosa