Phalaenopsis mannii Rchb.f 1871 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Polychilos [Breda] Rchb.f 1864 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Inflorescence Photo by Allen Black

Flower Closeup Photo by Jay Pfahl.

Fragrance Full shadeWarm to cool Spring

Common Name Mann's Phalaenopsis [German Orchid Enthusiast 1800's] - In China Ban Na Hu Die Lan

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

This small to just medium sized, warm to cool growing, epiphytic species is found through the eastern Indian Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, southern China and Vietnam as a pendulous growing epiphyte at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters in humid broadleafed evergreen forests with dense undergrowth near streams and rivers on rough barked trees even though there is not much falling rain. They are best grown slabbed on cork or tree fern because of their pendant growth habit with a short stem enveloped by imbricating leaf bases carrying 4 to 5, oblong-oblanceolate to oblong-ligulate, shiny, fleshy, acute, medium green leaves. They like shady areas with high humidity and a distinctly drier winter rest that helps initiate spring blooming on a slender, pendulous, to 18" [45 cm] long, racemose or rarely paniculate, laxly many [to 70] flowered inflorescence that is as long as the leaves with small ovate-lanceolate bracts with mandarin orange scented, waxy, long-lived flowers appearing in succesion.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis boxalli Rchb.f 1883; Phalaenopsis mannii f. flava Christenson 2001; Polychilos mannii (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as P boxallii drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 5 1972 photo fide; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981 as P boxalii; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 3 1984 as P boxallii photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing/photo fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Phaleanopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 P mannii f flava photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 2 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #4 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #8 2019 photo fide;

Phalaenopsis mannii f. flava E.A.Christenson 2001 Photo courtesy of Allen Black

A yellow flower form.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Phaleanopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 #2 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2017 as P mannii var flava photo fide;