Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids, also known as Moth orchids is one of the most popular orchids today.  This orchid genus is comprised of approximately 60 species.   Phalaenopsis orchids produce beautiful, elegant sprays of blooms and have thick leaves.   The Phalaenopsis orchid has been artificially hybridized extensively.  There is countless number of Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids.

Although most Phalaenopsis orchids epiphytic plants, there are a few are lithophytes.  Some species prefer moist, humid lowland forest away from direct sunlight.  Other species grow in others grow in seasonally dry or cool environments.  Phalaenopsis orchids are native throughout Southeast Asia from the Himalayan Mountains to the Philippines and northern Australia.

Phalaenopsis orchids show a monopodial growth pattern.   A single stem produces one or two alternate leaves from the top.   The leaves are thick and elliptical in shape.  The basal leaves drop off at the same rate.