Phaius tankervilleae plate
Phaius tankervilleae plate from
The Orchid Album

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
SubTribe: Bletiinae
Genus: Phaius
Lour. 1790
Type Species
Phaius tankervilleae

Phaius is a genus of large, mostly terrestrial orchids (family Orchidaceae). The genus has about 30 species.


These species are found in tropical Asia, into China, Japan, Australia, and west to Africa and Madagascar.


Phaius are medium to large sized orchids that are usually terrestrial with a few epiphyte species.


Plants usually require shade and varies in temperature requirements depending on the species. Some species can tolerate full sunlight. Plants should be potted in a mix that retain some moisture such as 40% fir bark, 30% sphagnum moss, and 30% soil. Medium should be kept moist during growing season. When growth matures with hold watering for 3 to 4 weeks. Repotting should be done after flowering. . New plants can be obtained from the old spikes by laying the spike out in sand and half covering it.


The genus is named after the flowers which turns with after blooming for a period of time.


  1. Cephalantheropsis Guillaumin 1960
  2. Hecabe Raf. 1838
  3. Limatodis Lindley 1825
  4. Pachyne Salisb. 1812
  5. Pesomeria Lindl. 1838
  6. Tankervillia Link 1829

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