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Phalaenopsis bellina


Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson

Family Name: Orchidaceae


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Borneo
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A small, epiphytic orchid, it can grow up to 30cm in length. 
Foliage The leaves are pendulous and broad with a rounded leaf apex. 
Stems The stem is short and is enveloped by leaf sheaths.
Flowers The flowers are fragrant and are produced successively on a flattened raceme with small, ovate bracts. The flower sepals and petals are cream with light green tips, the base is purple. The lateral sepals are incurved and have purple markings on the lower halves. The flower lip is purple. 
Habitat It is found growing on trees and woody vines in rivers and swamps from sea level to 200m in altitude. 
Cultivation It is best grown under 70% shade in humid conditions. It can be grown mounted on cork or fern bark or potted in free-draining yet slightly moisture retentive growing medium such as a mixture of charcoal and sphagnum moss. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers)
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, [Remarks] (It is best grown under 70% shade. )
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Green - Light Green, Purple, Patterned
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 31681
Species ID 6080
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.