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Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chris, Mar 7, 2009.
Recent acquisition, no credit.
So it is the Phal year for you, isn't it?
We shall see, Tom. . This was a total impulse buy.
Nice full flowers. So are you getting bitten by the species Phal bug? oke:
I think most white phals are.
I like the idea that this perfect white Phal can be growing wild in New Britain and New Guinea, as it reinforces my opinion that hybridizing is an unnecessary atrocity.
Did the plant come with a thesaurus?
Unnecessary close up.
your pictures are getting better.
Thanks Forrest. I really appreciate that. Tips/critique is still appreciated.
It's lovely, Chris. Nice photos, too.
Don't listen to Jon, he's such a girl sometimes.
I think the sucka is a hybrid. No species.
I don't think so Clark.
http://www.paramountorchids.com/jpg/Phal amabilis1 copy.JPG
Going by the general shape of the flower, shape of the lip midlobe, plus callus, I believe that this is Phalaenopsis aphrodite subsp. formosana. rather than Phal. amabilis.
Unfortunately, Phal. aphrodite was included by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families [WCSP] as a synonym for Phal. amabilis for many years. Hence the Taiwanese growers called this taxon, Phal. amabilis.
Phalaenopsis aphrodite is easily distinguished by the lip midlobe, which is equilateral triangular in the shape. In addition, the rear of the callus has two teeth, on each side. These features are very apparent in the Mar 8, 2009 close-up image.
Phal. amabilis, on the other hand, has larger, more open flowers, which have an isosceles triangular lip midlobe (one side much shorter, than the other two). Furthermore, the back of the callus has only one tooth on each side.
I hope that helps.
Christenson, E.A. (2001) Phalaenopsis - A Monograph. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.
Sweet, H.R. (1980) The Genus Phalaenopsis. The Orchid Digest Inc., California.