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Phalaenopsis- Moth Orchids

Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids) is a large genus of usually epiphytic orchids (growing on trees). They are among the most popular cultivated orchids and thousands of hybrids have been made throughout the years. The plants are particularly attractive, with oval, fleshy leaves and some species are sweetly fragrant. The inflorescences range from short with few flowers to very branched floriferous stems. The flowers are generally long lasting, making moth orchids the most popular of orchid pot plants.

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Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids)

Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids) is a genus of 60 species and several natural hybrids growing in tropical Asia to the Pacific Islands and Australia. These orchids are usually epiphytic (growing on trees), but occasionally lithophytic (growing on rocks) or terrestrial. They are among the most popular cultivated orchids and thousands of hybrids have been made throughout the years.

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Phalaenopsis amabilis (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis amabilis (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting 20-30 fragrant, long-lasting white flowers, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with a white and yellow lip and red throat. Blooming often takes place over several months during the spring and early summer, and each flower lasts up to 3 weeks.

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Phalaenopsis bellina (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis bellina (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting highly fragrant, waxy, star-shaped flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm). Each citrus scented blossom features buttery-green petals deeply saturated fuchsia or violet near their base. Blooming often from spring through summer, they are borne on erect to ascending, short stems.

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Phalaenopsis Brother Pico Sweetheart gx (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis Pico Sweetheart gx (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting long-lasting, pale-pink flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a deep pink lip. Blooming at any time of year, they are borne in showy sprays on upright stems rising up to 16 in. (40 cm), above the foliage of 4-6 broadly oval, fleshy, dark green leaves, up to 10 in. long (25 cm).

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Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting fragrant, waxy, star-shaped yellow flowers, up to 1-2 in. across (2-5 cm), blotched and barred with cinnamon-red, and exhibiting a white lip. Blooming at any time during the year, they open successively within a few months, 3-5 simultaneously. Each flower lasts about 4 weeks.

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Phalaenopsis PAPAGAYO (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis PAPAGAYO (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting 10-20 yellow flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), adorned with red edges and purple centers. Blooming for 4-6 months at any time of year, they are borne in showy sprays on upright stems rising up to 24 in. (60 cm), above the foliage of 6-8 broadly oval, fleshy, shiny green leaves.

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Phalaenopsis schilleriana (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis schilleriana (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting up to 250 fragrant pink, mauve or white flowers, up to 4 in. across (10 cm). Blooming in the spring, the showy and delicate flowers are borne in long sprays on arching to pendant stems, up to 36 in. long (90 cm). Most flowers have a delicate rose fragrance when in bloom.

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Phalaenopsis stuartiana (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis stuartiana (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting up to 100 long-lasting, faintly scented flowers, 2-5 in. across (5-10 cm). Blooming in the winter and spring, the flowers feature wide creamy-white upper petals, sulfur-yellow lateral sepals and lip with brown spots. The showy blossoms are borne on a branching inflorescence, 36 in. long (90 cm).

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Phalaenopsis violacea (Moth Orchid)

Phalaenopsis violacea (Moth Orchid) is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid boasting highly fragrant, waxy, star-shaped flowers, up to 1.5 in. across (3 cm). Each scented blossom features deep pink to violet sepals and petals, with white to pale green tips. Blooming often from spring to summer, they are borne on arching stems where they open in succession.

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