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Phalaenopsis aphrodite

Phal. aphrodite

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
SubTribe: Aeridinae
Genus: Phalaenopsis
Species: Phal. aphrodite
Alliance:
Binomial name
Phalaenopsis aphrodite
Rchb.f 1862


Phalaenopsis aphrodite is an species in the genus Phalaenopsis.

DescriptionEdit

Plant blooms from winter to spring with many 7.5 cm wide flowers.

The plant is commonly confused with Phalaenopsis amabilis but differs by its lip shape and carmine markings.

This species was discovered by Georg Joseph Karmel in 1704. It was later recognized by Reichenbach in 1862.

DistributionEdit

Plants are found growing on high trees in the primary and secondary forest in Philippine Islands, Sulu Archipelago, and Taiwan, China at elevations of 0 to 300 meters.

CultureEdit

Grow in intermeidiate to warm temperatures. Pot in medium fir bark and keep in partial shade. Water about once a week. Keep plant fairly moist but not wet.

NamingEdit

Common Names: Aphrodite's Phalaenopsis

SynonymsEdit

  1. Phalaenopsis amabilis Lindl. 1838
  2. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var ambigua [Rchb.f] Burb 1882
  3. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var aphrodite [Rchb.f] Ames 1908
  4. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var aphrodite subvar erubescens [Burb] Ames 1908
  5. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var dayana Hort ex Warn 1881
  6. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var erubescens [Burb] Burb 1882
  7. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var formosana Shim 1921
  8. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var longifolia Don 1845
  9. Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var rotundifolia Don 1845
  10. Phalaenopsis ambigua Rchb.f 1862
  11. Phalaenopsis aphrodite var dayana Veitch 1891
  12. Phalaenopsis babuyana Miwa 1941
  13. Phalaenopsis erubescens Burb 1876
  14. Phalaenopsis formosa, formosana, or formosum 1941

ReferencesEdit

  • Sweet, Herman R.. The Genus Phalaenopsis. The Orchid Digest, 1980.

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