Phalaenopsis sumatrana – 365 days of orchids – day 1942

The third in our trio of Phalaenopsis species is Phalaenopsis sumatrana. This species, as its name suggests, is found on Sumatra but is also native to Borneo and the Malay Peninsula and the Philiuppines. It grows in warm lower montane forest (the forest you find in low hills or the lower bits of mountains) from 600-700m – just the kind of forest we walked through in Sarawak on the way up Mount Santubong, Mount Pue and Mount Singai – so we know the habitat – tall evergreen forest with lots of rainfall throughout the year.

Not surprisingly we grow it warm (min 19C) and shaded – a little flower that takes our minds back to some of our favourite places.


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