Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana

We have an interesting collection of Phalaenopsis species and today we are excited to find a flower open on the stunning Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana.

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana is endemic to the Philippines where it grows in hot wet lowland forest from sea level to 100m altitude. 

We have explored similar habitat in Sarawak where the forest is evergreen, shady, hot and boggy underfoot. Although the forest is wet the trees here do not support moss and so the Phalaenopsis plants growing on bare branches will soon dry out after rain.

To provide conditions similiar to the lowland Philippine forest we grow our plants indoors in our modified Ikea cabinets under grow lights.  We water plants every few days so that plants have plenty of water but are never soggy.

Phalaenoposis lueddemanniana flowers sequentially along horizontal flower spikes and the plant shown will be in flower for the forseable future. We have pollenated the first flower and hope to have seedlings available in a couple of years.