Deep lush foliage with fairly ovular leaves similar to those of a rubber plant.
-- Phals grow all their leaves from the same point/stem. Its called monopodial growth.
Two tall branches leading to bowed stems covered with white blooms that each have two flat, almost circular petals
--These are the petals, they are nice arent they? But,
framed by 1-3 similar but smaller petals
----these are the sepals. These are closest to the stem of the flower right?
In the center of each is a tiny triad of petals, two of which crown a yellow stamen with deep red speckles; the third inner petal is on the bottom-- it is clefted in the middle and sort of curls forward like a smiling mouth.
---That one is called the lip, its a highly modified petal.
She's a beauty. I'll post pictures once I'm confident that I'm good at caring for her.
OK, onto the re-potting questions. Is bark better than sphygmum moss for a phali? When should I re-pot (e.g. right before the next watering seems sensible?) What's the best way to remove the plant from her original pot without damaging her? Can someone also guide me through the steps of cleaning and repotting properly?
----I've had good luck with mine in sphagnum. I just make sure it dries out before it water it again. Im not really experienced, so listen to others before following my advice.
---You are welcome.