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This is a discussion on Phaius tankervilliae within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Commonly called the nun's orchid. A popular terrestrial grown in Western countries but less common ...
Commonly called the nun's orchid. A popular terrestrial grown in Western countries but less common here, despite being a local species. The varieties here are mostly from wild origin and are less colourful, as they have not been selected for improved colouration and vigour. This plant flowers reliably once a year, throwing a massive spike 4 feet tall. Flowers are fragrant of honey but do not last long, maximum 2 weeks. Keikis can grow from nodes from the cut flower spikes.
I am always fascinated by how similar the flowers resemble cattleya (laelia) tenebrosa in form and colour. Possibly evolution to attract similar pollinators developed independently.
Last edited by paphioboy; February 15th, 2016 at 09:41 PM.
Wow. Very nicely grown. I also think Phaius resembles very closely C.tenenbrosa.
I've seen those here at nurseries but they are normally one color. Your color variation is very nice!
I have a Phaius Raben’s Raven that I hope will bloom soon. I agree with you and Sriram on the looks like the tenebrosa, great looking orchid!