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Trivias about Indigenous Philippine Orchids

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Mariposa - Phalaenopsis amabilis (P30.00) - The leaves of this orchid are few, broadly ovate-oblong, blunt apically, fleshy and leathery, long and about 5" wide. Inflorescences are slender and gracefully arching. Flowers which vary in size are white, flushed with yellow on the lip and more or less marked and striped with red around the calli. Sepals are oblong and blunt at tips. Petals are clawed, mostly broadly rhombic-cuneate, blunt and somewhat emarginate apically.

Sanggumay - Dendrobium superbum (P50.00) - The leaves of this specie are fleshy, glossy-green, oblong-Ianceolate, acutish up to 5" long, flattened and borne in two (2) ranks. Inflorescences are usually 2 flowered, almost stalkless, borne on the leafless pseudobulbs. Flowers vary in colour, the typical phase with mauve-purple sepals and petals. The lip has 2 deep purple blotches in the throat, the flaring part of which is veined with deeper purple. Flowers are extremely fragrant.

Lady's Slipper - Paphiopedilum argus - (P75.00) - The leaves grow up to 7" long and 1 1/2 wide with the upper side chequered with light spots. Scape consists of one flower that grows up to 15" tall. The dorsal sepal is white except for the darker base, with green and brown longitudinal nerves of unequal lengths, very broadly ovate and sharp-pointed. Flowers are about 4" in diameter. The petals are sharply turned downwards, while the base is pale and red near the apices which is furnished with many black-purple warts, ligulate and acutish. The lip is broad, dark brown-purple. The lower side of the lip is paler and veined with light green. Bloom in spring to early summer.

Waling-Waling - Vanda sanderiana (P100.00) - This epiphyte grows on branches of tall dipterocarp trees. It is 25 to 100 em. tall with numerous, rather closely arranged long narrow leaves. Inflorescences are stout, erect or ascending to about 12" long, well-spaced or somewhat crowded flowers. The sepals are greenish with purple streaks and irregular spots. Though similar to the petals, the sepals are smaller, rose purple in color and have purple spots on the lower margins near the base. The flowers, variable in dimensions and color are fragrant and long-lived. Found in Davao and considered an endangered specie.

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