Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi – 365 days of orchids – day 1908

After a short break in flowering our specimen Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi is again erupting in flowers from its six active flower spikes.

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 during our 2019 visit (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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