Orchid Phalaenopsis amabilis
Soft orchid could be more suitable as a bridal bouquet than Phalaenopsis amabilis or Ph.schilleriana ?
Your white resp. light rose red, well-formed large flowers on long, elegant overhanging shafts correspond to the high dignity of the wedding day. These butterfly-like flower creatures (Greek. phalaina, Moth; opsis, Appearance) but are not only extremely decorative, they also have an interesting note in their peculiarly designed lips. The labellum reveals itself here as a tripartite structure, in which the two side lobes are arched upwards and thus the red-dotted one, enclose saddle-shaped calluses, however, the flat anterior lobe ends in two antennae. Another advantage of our species is the relatively long shelf life of their flowers, a property, the Ph. amabilis also called "angrek bulan" in their Malay homeland, "Mouth Orchid" (Month orchid), entered.
The often considerably long inflorescence axes (Ph. amabilis, for example 40 to 70 cm, Ph.schilleriana to 150 cm) arise from an extremely short bulbless trunk, only a few, in return, however, sit on large leaves.
You will only really appreciate the value of this orchid bridal bouquet, when you find out, that the Phalaenopsis ancients from sowing to flowering 4 to 5 Need years; with Laelia and Cattleya it is 5 to 8, at Vanda even 15 Years.
Ph. amabilis lives in the humid forests of the Sunda Islands and is also found in the Philippines; Ph.schilleriana, on the other hand, is only native to the latter. From here it is reported, that Ph.schilleriana from over 3000 In the Philippines occurring wood species largely only the balobo tree (Diplodiscus paniculatus; Tiliaceae, Linden family) as the host. Such a binding of orchids to special host plants was also possible in Madagascar between Cymbidiella rhodochila and a deer antler fern and between C. humblotii and the raphia palm.