Phalaenopsis bellina – 365 days of orchids – day 943

There is only one possible orchid of the day and it is the state flower of Sarawak. We have seen this species in gardens and the orchid garden yesterday and are looking forward to exploring the forest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to see lots more orchids in habitat.

This phalaenopsis species is found across Borneo and it grows it hot lowland forest in swamps or near rivers. Plants grow low in trees where it is often in deep shade. The species grows very attractive large undulating leaves and flower spikes that produce large fragrant flowers successively over a long period. The flowers have a distinct rose fragrance.

This plant seems well suited to growing in a house as it seems to enjoy high temperatures, dry air and damp roots. (one of our plants below)



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