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Phalaenopsis honghensis or wilsonii?

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis honghensis or wilsonii? within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; honghensis or wilsonii, that is the question....

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    honghensis or wilsonii, that is the question.
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    Oh wow...I like that! I've been looking at specie phals...i'd love to find this one.

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    After reading Christenson's descriptions and looking at the photos, I would say honghenensis. The lip on wilsonii is heart-shaped (obcordate) with a distinctive apically notched midlobe. The lip midlobe on honghenensis is more oblong. Wilsonii also typically has longer spikes and more flowers. He also mentions that honghenensis has a short nipple-like spur, but the photos provided don't show detail in that area of the flower.

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    It is very nice.

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    Susan, another pictures from the same slab.
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    beautiful... thanks for sharing.

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    I've been looking at a lot of pictures of both honghenensis and wilsonii and to me it is really hard to tell. Christenson also makes note that a lot of plants labled as wilsonii are actually honghenensis, so this adds to the confusion. The second picture on the new photos looks like there might be a little bit of a spur (also looks like there might be a scale insect ). Here are a couple internet photos that I found. The first shows a good picture of the spur (behind the lip structure) on honghenensis:



    This shows a good example of the heart-shaped lip/apical notch on wilsonii (flower at the bottom):



    So, I guess I would say that if it has the spur, then it is honghenensis, if not then it may be wilsonii or even a hybrid between the two.

    Another interesting note, some taxonomists group them together as synonyms of each other.

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    Susan, thanks for your explanation.

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