Phalaenopsis equestris – 365 days of orchids – day 1971
The Second Place Phalaenopsis (trade) award at Malvern went to our sweet little Phalaenopsis equestris.
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. 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 several months with successive flowers each lasting about a month.
We have two clones – the awared clone is the peloric form with lateral petals resembling the lip while the little plant in the cup is the more normal form.
The habitat of Phalaenopsis equestris suggests a need for constant warm temperatures and so we find the greenhouse a little cool in winter but a centrally heated house perfect.