365 days of orchids – day 596 – Phalaenopsis equestris

We have featured a number of miniature phalaenopsis species and this is one of the most dramatic.

This miniature Phalaenopsis species is native to the Philippines and Southern Taiwan where it is reported growing as an epiphyte in lowland forest near streams.

The small flowers are produced on arching spikes that continue to grow for several months with successive flowers each lasting about a month.

This plant was deflasked about six years ago and grows very happily indoors where it flowers every year and grows in a small china coffee cup (with drainage holes drilled with a diamond drill bit)

It’s habitat suggests a need for constant warm temperatures and so we find the greenhouse a little cool in winter but a centrally heated house perfect.


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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    I love this little orchid. It looks so cute in the coffee cup. I remember there was one in a gold coffee cup, last year, that looked fantastic too. It sounds a “good value orchid” if it flowers for several months. Do you have any of these for sale?

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Yes we have moved it into a larger cup. We are hoping to produce a viable pod this year and so seedlings in about 2-3 years – worth waiting for.