March 15th – White Moth Orchid

White Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis)

The White Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis), or “Phal” to its mates, is a common orchid native to south-east Asia and Queensland. They are relatively small, and are considered to be a beginners orchid for the not-so green thumb.

Which could explain why it’s currently enjoying a second spray under our care.

The Moth orchid was given it’s present name by Karl Ludwig Blume, a prominent German botanist who spent much of his time in the Dutch East-Indies and travelling south-east Asia documenting plant species in the early 1800’s.

The Moth Orchid has been proven to thrive in three different habitats – seasonally dry, seasonally cool, or moist and humid. The plant will adjust to each environment as necessary, though it’s most successful in moisture and humidity.

Continuing with the Dutch East Indies link, the Phalaenopsis amabilis is regarded as one of Indonesia’s three national flowers.

I think the moral of the story here is that orchids don’t have to be a daunting flower to grow, so long as you provide a home with good drainage. And the rewards are worth the effort.

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