It is hard to know when to feature Phalaenopsis equestris on 365 days of orchids as it is always in flower. We have two clones the peloric form with two petals similar to the lip and the standard form – both are lovely.
Phalaenopsis equestris is native to the Philippines and Southern Taiwan – which is very appropriate over World Orchid Congress Weekend in Taiwan – where it is reported growing as an epiphyte in lowland forest near streams. It is a compact plant, 15cm across, that produces lots of flower
The small flowers are produced on arching spikes that continue to grow for many months with successive flowers each lasting about a month.
Do come and see the species on Friday at Orchid Christmas – 4pm-7pm.