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Phalaenopsis schilleriana Rchb.f.

Family Name: Orchidaceae
Full Shade Moderate Water Suitable for Hanging Baskets Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Leaves Epiphyte


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 Philippines 
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An epiphytic, monopodial orchid. It has an upright growth habit.
Foliage The leaves are thick and elliptic to oblong-elliptic in shape. The leaves are silver-grey and mottled dark green. 
Flowers The flowers are borne on a arching to pendant inflorescence which can grow up to 1m in length. The flowers are 7 to 8cm wide and have pale pink sepals and petals with a white margin. The flower lip is three-lobed, the lateral lobes are upright and flare outwards, the mid-lobe is obovate with two hair-like appendages growing from the tip.  
Habitat It can be found growing in rainforests at altitudes of 0 to 450m. 
Cultivation It is best grown under full shade with regular watering and high humidity. It can be grown mounted on fern bark or hung in clay or plastic pots to accommodate its inflorescence.  

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Focal Plant, Skyrise / Balcony, Hanging Basket

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Silver / Grey, Patterned
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink, White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary

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Master ID 31796
Species ID 6196
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.