Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer]Rchb.f 1849 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Stauroglottis [Schauer] Benth 1881 Photo by © Milan Vágner

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Common Name The Horse Phalaenopsis - In China Xiao Lan Yu Hu Die Lan

Flower Size 1" [1.5 to 3 cm]

Found from the Philippines and southern Taiwan as a small sized epiphyte near streams in hot to warm valleys at an altitude of sealevel to 300 meters. It is a hot growing, monopodial epiphyte with a short stem enveloped by several limbricating leaf bases and carrying to 5, fleshy, recurved, oblong-elliptic to oblong-ovate, acute or subobtuse leaves that is highly adaptable to various environments and is easy to grow. This species has a habit of making keikis and can rebloom out of old spikes and can continue to send off branches so they are best left uncut. They appreciate a drier winter although never left to dry out completely. Flowers are possible at almost any time of the year although the peak is Sept. through April on a suberect to arcuate, to 12" [30 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, denesly many flowered inflorescence with small, purple bracts and successive opening flowers. The apex of the inflorescence can at times produce a plantlet.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba hort. 1969; Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba [Hort] E A Christensen 2001; Phalaenopsis equestris f. aurea Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis equestris f. cyanochila O.Gruss 2001; Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer] Rchb.f var alba {Hort.] Sweet 1967; Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer] Rchb.f var leucaspis Rchb.f 1881; Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer] Rchb.f var leucotanthe Rchb.f 1883; Phalaenopsis equestris var. rosea Valmayor & D.Tiu in H.L.Valmayor 1984 ; Phalaenopsis esmeralda auct. non rchb.f ?, Phalaenopsis riteiwanensis Masaume 1934, Phalaenopsis rosea Lindley 1848; Phalaenopsis rosea var aurantiaca Gower 1892; Phalaenopsis rosea var deliciosa Barb. 1882; Phalaenopsis rosea var leucaspis [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1886; Phalaenopsis stauroglottis [Schauer] Rchb.f 1881; *Stauroglottis equestris Schauer 1843; Stauroglottis riteiwanensis (Masam.) Masam. 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as P rosea drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963 as P rosea; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 6 1972 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 8 1983 photo; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Cribb & Wood 1994 excluded taxa; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 1 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 10 1996 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 2 1997 photo; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 2 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba [Hort] E A Christensen 2001 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Stauroglottis [Schauer] Benth 1881 Photo by Lourens Grobler.

An all white variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as P equestris var alba; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 as P equestris var alba photo fide; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo;

Synonyms Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba hort. 1969; Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer] Rchb.f var alba {Hort.] Sweet 1967

Phalaenopsis equestris (Schauer) Rchb. f. Forma aurea Christenson 2001 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Stauroglottis [Schauer] Benth 1881 Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

Another color form of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 6 1972 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo;

Phalaenopsis equestris var leucaspis Schauer]Rchb.f 1849

SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Stauroglottis [Schauer] Benth 1881 Photo courtesy of Bill Morden.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as P equestris var alba; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 6 1972 photo fide;

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