20p Phaius tankervilleae
Layout Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
Native Philippine Orchids (Photographs taken from the Book,
"Native Philippine Orchids" by Nans N. Fessel and Peter Baizer,
Times Edition, Paciencia P. Milan, Program Director, VISCA-GTZ
Applied Tropical Ecology Program and
President, Leyte State University).
The book is provided by Cesar Apolonio.
First Day Covers: Manila
Orchids of the Philippines
Phalaenopsis philippinensis has
mottled leaves that are up to 35 cm long and 9 cm wide. The
inflorescence grows up to 40 cm long, is erect to bent, mostly
branched, many-flowered. The flowers, which reach 55 mm in diameter,
are white. The lateral lobes of the lip are intensively yellow. The
middle portion on the lip bears a callus between the lateral lobes;
in the apical part it has two thread-like appendages. The
pollinarium has two cleft pollinia connected to a stipe with a large
fasciata has leaves, which grow to 25 cm long, are
yellowish green. The inflorescence is spreading, longer than the
leaves. The flowers are shiny, wax-like, around 50 mm in diameter,
and appear two or three at a time. The lip is three-lobed; the
middle lobe has a central keel and few hairs on the apical part.
The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.
pulchra has leaves that are yellowish green, elliptic, and
grows up to 25 cm long. The inflorescence is about as long as the
leaves, spreading to pendent, few-flowered. The flowers reach 50 mm
in diameter. They are luminous purple red and shiny; against the
light, lighter dots and stripes are visible. The lip is three-lobed;
it has a keel in the middle part between the lateral lobes and is
thickened and a little hairy toward the apex; the lateral lobes are
yellow. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.
Phaius tankervilleae is a large
terrestrial plant. Its pseudobulbs are about 35 mm long. The leaves
are up to 1 m long, and 12 cm wide. The inflorescence is erect,
sometimes up to 1.5 m tall, bearing 10 to 25 flowers. The flowers
are about 12 cm in diameter; the petals and sepals are white on
their back with varying shades of red or brown on the front. The
sepals are widely stretched out, acute, up to about 60 mm long; the
petals are smaller but also acute. The lip is only indistinctly
trilobed, and deep purple. The pollinarium has eight waxy pollinia.