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Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana, Philippine Orchid Species

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    Default Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana, Philippine Orchid Species

    Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach's Butterfly Orchid

    Family: Orchidaceae
    Subfamily: Epidendroideae
    Tribe: Vandeae
    Subtribe: Aeridinae
    Genus: Phalaenopsis
    Subgenus: Polychilus
    Specie Name: reichenbachiana Rchb.f. & Sander 1882
    Section: Amboinenses Sweet 1968
    Distribution: Mindanao island, Philippines
    Floral Status: Philippine Endemic Species
    Conservation Status: Endangered Species
    Flowering Season: May-June in the Philippines
    Fragrance: Slight spicy sweet lemon scent
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    Last edited by PhilsDC; May 23rd, 2010 at 07:34 AM.

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    Decoy, this is a lovely bloom. Thanks for the great information about it also.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilsDC
    Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana, Philippine Orchid Species - Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach's Butterfly Orchid
    - Thank you PhilsDC for the detailed pictures of this uncommon species !

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    Thanks guys.

    I just want to share important information about this plant.

    I'm also trying to distinguish Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana from Phalaenopsis fasciata which are both found in the Philippines.

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    Thanks for sharing this Derek, and thanks for the info as well.

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    hi derek,
    your plant is identical to mine, which is phal. fasciata.
    have a look here
    http://www.phals.net/Species.html

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    The lip of Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana lip is triangular and flat. Most of the petals and sepals color of this plant is pale citrine yellow.

    Those we have seen in Les Orchides Phalaenopsis botaniques et hybrides primaires is incomplete and lacking of information.

    There don't have specific variation of this specie.

    Phalaenopsis fasciata has no scent at all whereas Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana has slight spicy citrus scent.

    This plant found in this site: http://www.phals.net/fasciata/09ph0107.jpg is actually a misplaced Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilsDC View Post
    The lip of Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana lip is triangular and flat. Most of the petals and sepals color of this plant is pale citrine yellow.

    Those we have seen in Les Orchides Phalaenopsis botaniques et hybrides primaires is incomplete and lacking of information.

    There don't have specific variation of this specie.

    Phalaenopsis fasciata has no scent at all whereas Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana has slight spicy citrus scent.
    hi derek,
    well, you said it, phal. reichenbachiana has a triangular, more flattened and toothed lip, your plant hasnt.
    on that link i posted, there is several variations of reichenbachiana.
    the fragrance isnt a strong factor, and p. fasciata actually has a slight husky scent.
    the other link is also p.fasciata, which looks identical to both our plants.

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    According to Christenson's Monograph for Phalaenopsis, the major difference between fasciata and reichenbachiana is the lip hairs (trichomes). With fasciata the lip is usually smooth. Reichenbachiana has a "hairy" lip. He also mentions fasciata having a fragrance of green apples, while reichenbachiana has a musty smell. Reichenbachiana flower segments (sepals and petals) tend to be slightly concave giving a slightly cupped flower, whereas fasciata flower segments tend to curl at the margins ("soda straws") and thus generally has poorer form.

    Based on the photos and assuming it is a true species, I would say this is reichenbachiana.

    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidlady View Post
    According to Christenson's Monograph for Phalaenopsis, the major difference between fasciata and reichenbachiana is the lip hairs (trichomes). With fasciata the lip is usually smooth. Reichenbachiana has a "hairy" lip. He also mentions fasciata having a fragrance of green apples, while reichenbachiana has a musty smell. Reichenbachiana flower segments (sepals and petals) tend to be slightly concave giving a slightly cupped flower, whereas fasciata flower segments tend to curl at the margins ("soda straws") and thus generally has poorer form.

    Based on the photos and assuming it is a true species, I would say this is reichenbachiana.

    Susan
    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...

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