Phalaenopsis Orchid

Botanical Journey from the South

800px 2 IMG_8094 copyPhalaenopsis Orchid (Yellow Form) Aka Moth Orchid. Phalaenopsis is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. Many are hybrids of Phalaenopsis amabilis, Phalaenopsis schilleriana or Phalaenopsis stuartiana.

800px IMG_8102 copyThe generic name stems from Greek “phalaina”, butterfly, and “opsis”, meaning “alike”, and is probably a reference to the genus Phalaena, the name given by Carl Linnaeus to a group of large moths; the flowers of some species supposedly resemble moths in flight. For this reason, the species are sometimes called Moth orchids. They are native throughout southeast Asia, Philippines, northern Australia, and all pantropical regions of the world.

600px 2 IMG_7904 copy-RecoveredOrchids are known to be masters of mimicry. Pseudocopulation (pollinators duped into copulating with plant by mimesis), occurs when a flower mimics a female of a certain insect species, inducing the males to try to…

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