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Phalaenopsis amabilis an elegant white orchid

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis amabilis an elegant white orchid within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I always love to see this orchid in bloom. I wish I could get it ...

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    Smile Phalaenopsis amabilis an elegant white orchid

    I always love to see this orchid in bloom. I wish I could get it big enough to be as showy as some of the ones I have seen posted here, but mine is a young plant. Patience...

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    Gorgeous white phal! I love the phals...

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    Ahhhhhh !! The amabilis... This species is truly a beauty! So pure...

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    pretty orchid !!

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    Very lovely white phal...

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    Hi Bruce, I believe your plant is Phalaenopsis aphrodite subsp. formosana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. suarez View Post
    Hi Bruce, I believe your plant is Phalaenopsis aphrodite subsp. formosana.
    HI Wally, how can you tell? What characteristics help you to identify it as aphrodite formosana? Thanks!!

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    I'm always in loved with phals...

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    Hi Bruce,

    Phalaenopsis amabilis' midlobe is extremely narrow, at times even becoming cruciform or cross-shaped especially when flattened. In P. aphrodite subsp. aphrodite, the midlobe is comparatively broader and hastate, or shaped like the business end of a spear. The callus of these two are also different: in P. amabilis, it is broadly V-shaped at the back, while there is a pair of finger-like protuberances in P. aphrodite subsp. aphrodite.

    In P. aphrodite subsp. formosana, the midlobe is virtually the same shape as that of the nominate form, but the callus is peltate, or shield-shaped, and with very short (at times negligible) protuberances- this is clearly seen on the second photo. Furthermore, the petals of this subspecies frequently overlap with the dorsal sepal, giving the flowers a more rounded look than many P. aphrodite subsp. aphrodite, or P. amabilis for that matter.

    I hope that helps, mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. suarez View Post
    Hi Bruce,

    Phalaenopsis amabilis' midlobe is extremely narrow, at times even becoming cruciform or cross-shaped especially when flattened. In P. aphrodite subsp. aphrodite, the midlobe is comparatively broader and hastate, or shaped like the business end of a spear. The callus of these two are also different: in P. amabilis, it is broadly V-shaped at the back, while there is a pair of finger-like protuberances in P. aphrodite subsp. aphrodite.

    In P. aphrodite subsp. formosana, the midlobe is virtually the same shape as that of the nominate form, but the callus is peltate, or shield-shaped, and with very short (at times negligible) protuberances- this is clearly seen on the second photo. Furthermore, the petals of this subspecies frequently overlap with the dorsal sepal, giving the flowers a more rounded look than many P. aphrodite subsp. aphrodite, or P. amabilis for that matter.

    I hope that helps, mate.

    Wally
    Thank you!! I will update the tag. So glad you are participating here in our community.

    Cheers,
    BD

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