Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica

Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
SubTribe: Aeridinae
Genus: Phalaenopsis
Species: Phal. hieroglyphica
Binomial name
Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica
[Rchb.f] Sweet 1969

Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica is an species in the genus Phalaenopsis.


Plant blooms from late spring to summer with three to four 8.75 cm wide flowers. The plant can bloom off of the same inflorescence if it is still green. The species is similar to Phalaenopsis luddemania in color and morphology but differs by having larger flowers, a unique color pattern, and a distinct basal callosity.

Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica was first collected by Boxall for Low, who introduced it into cultivation in 1887. The chromosome number is 2n = 38


Plants are found growing in the humid forests of Polillo and Palawa islands of the Philippines.


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


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Common Names: The Hieroglyphic Phalaenopsis


  1. *Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. heiroglyphica Rchb. f. 1891
  2. Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. palawensis 1953
  3. Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. surigadensis 1965
  4. Polychilos hieroglyphica (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982


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

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