Phalaenopsis stuartiana: Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis stuartiana is a species of orchid endemic to the island of Mindanao, Philippines.



Phalaenopsis sp.: Moth orchids

The genus name Phalaenopsis is from two Greek words : “Phalaena” and “Opsis”, meaning “moth-likeness”.  This orchid genus consist of approximately 60 species.

Phalaenopsis are native to Southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Northern Australia. Most Phalaenopsis are epiphytes, meaning they grow in trees, but a few are lithophytes, meaning they attach themselves to the surface of rocks.

Photo: Cloud ForestGardens by the BaySingapore 20121023

Source: Wikipedia

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