Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi – 365 days of orchids – day 1572

This wonderful Phalaenopsis species is flowering on four spikes simultaneously today.

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi is almost always in flower with its successive flowers produces from branched flattened flower stems, and the flower stems can flower for several years. This is great for interest in the greenhouse but you need a specimen like our plant here with several spikes to get a lot of flowers at once.

The species is found in Malaysia and the Philippines and lives in deep shade in lowland hot forests. We grow the species in our warm Asia section with a minimum of 17C though it would appreciate a little more heat in the winter when our plants tend to take a little rest from growing.

Phalaenoipsis cornu-cervi is a very variable species and the clone flowering in the greenhouse is at the redder end of the range and has wider than average petals. A more common form is the striped yellow and red flowers of the plant we found in Sarawak (below)

All of the clones are beautiful, and with plants being compact growers too, this is a wonderful species to grow.



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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing this orchid today in the greenhouse. I liked the unusual crenellations on the flower stalks and the cheerful gingerbread man brick red petals.