Phalaenopsis lowii

Phal. lowii

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

Phalaenopsis lowii is an species in the genus Phalaenopsis.


Plant blooms from summer to fall with many 5 cm wide fragrant flowers. Plant can sometimes be deciduous. The plant loses its leaves in the wild after flowering.

The plant was discovered by Rev. C.S. Parish while traveling in the Moulmein. It was introduced into cultivation in England by Messrs. Low & Co. in 1862.


Plants are found growing on limestone near rivers in the forest of Myanamar, Thailand and Borneo at elevations around 800 meters.


Grow in cool 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.


Phal lowii alba Phalaenopsis lowii f. alba Sepals and petals are white. Lip is white.
Phalaenopsis lowii coerulea Phalaenopsis lowii var. coerulea Sepals and petals are white. Lip is purple blue.


Common Names: Low's Phalaenopsis, Beak Orchid


  1. Phalaenopsis proboscidioides Parish ex Rchb.f 1868
  2. Polychilos lowii (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982


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

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