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Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana, Philippine Orchid Species

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana, Philippine Orchid Species within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by walingwaling hi susan, the only match here would be the slightly cupped ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by walingwaling View Post
    hi susan,
    the only match here would be the slightly cupped flower. both are "true species" and have hairy lips, some more and some less.
    as for the fragrance, p.reichenbachiana should have a lemon scent, but sometimes flowers dont produce a scent at all, for some reason...
    I have neither plant, I am only quoting Eric Christenson, who is generally regarded as the expert on Phal taxonomy. He maintains that fasciata has a smooth lip and that any plant identified as fasciata with trichomes/hairs is misidentified. He is quite clear about that and does mention that plants being identified as fasciata with the trichomes on the lips are not correctly identified. Of course anyone is free to disagree with him and, in fact he Orchid Registrar has considerd both species to be synonyms for the purpose of registration.

    Also, when I was referring to a true species, I was referring to the plant in question (assuming it is truly a species rather than a hybrid), not questioning in general that the 2 species were true or not.

    To clarify Christenson's text, I have scanned a comparison of drawings of the lips below from the book:





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    thanks susan, i was aware of the drawings, but not the text, and based on that i did my identification.
    the drawing of reichenbachiana also confirms the id's on that link i was referring to.
    so, im still convinced derek's plant (and mine) is p.fasciata.

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    Thank you, Ron . Taxonomy is hardly an exact science, but I do enjoy the research, leaurning, discussion, and opinions of others to try and get to an answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidlady View Post
    Thank you, Ron . Taxonomy is hardly an exact science, but I do enjoy the research, leaurning, discussion, and opinions of others to try and get to an answer.

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    you are welcome susan!
    thing is, i only know about those 2 discussed species, coz i went over it again and again with jim cootes and also consulted another expert here, who has/had both species with pix.
    i also wanted to know exactly what i have, so the search is on for p. reichenbachiana....

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    Well guys, thanks for your comments.

    Jim Cootes has commented on the other old thread of Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana long ago as he really knew this was the specie.

    I still believe this is a true species and this was collected in Bukidnon province whereas foreign botanists or collectors were afraid visiting our island Mindanao because of rebels living in the region as far they thought.

    Our local government is very strict and prohibiting every man collecting of flora and fauna in different parks of this island of full of endemic species. So this means, not all parts of this island had been explored ever since the discovery.

    Many local indigenous people were not aware at all as they collect and sell plants to tourists but then later it will described and named. That's the process of gathering information. Until this time, many botanists have disputes regarding about the plants information. Some published erroneous information such an example as what the discovery of Euanthe sanderiana in our island.
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