Phalaenopsis amabilis (moth orchid)
Detail of an illustration of Phalaenopsis amabilis
Phalaenopsis amabilis (L.) Blume
moth orchid, moon orchid
Species as a whole has not been evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria, but P. amabilis subsp. rosenstromii is Endangered in Queensland. Listed in Appendix II of CITES.
Epiphytic on tree trunks, branches and rocks in lowland tropical rain forest.
About this species
Orchids (Orchidaceae) are the largest family of flowering plants, and there are over 50 species of Phalaenopsis alone. The genus name is derived from the Greek phalaino (moth), and opsis (appearance), referring to the moth-like flowers of some species.
Epidendrum amabile L., Cymbidium amabile (L.) Roxb., Synadena amabilis (L.) Raf., Phalaenopsis gloriosa Rchb.f., Phalaenopsis grandiflora Lindl.