My husband works in a big new building with many modern offices equipped with some minimalism furniture and plants.I don’t know when these plants have become orchids and mostly orchids,namely phalaenopsises. It could be they have become trendy plants for their beauty,low maintenance,long flowering,colors available.Jet their decorative value can not reverse that they are live plants,they do get worse if not properly watered,if let on hot sun ,neglected.Dead or almost dead plants then finish in trash bin.My husband ,knowing my love for rescuing creepy flowers from nurseries ,took his office’s fallen Phalaenopsis star home,as I could give it a second chance.Looks like his coworkers are some hidden plant lovers, too,so knowing he took his Phalaenopsis corps home for me to rescue it, they have given their creepy ones for me, too.Anyway,it is a good feeling to know these plants have been rescued,they are just in the middle of abundant flowering right now………..
The generic name means “Phalaen[a]-like” and is probably a reference to the genusPhalaena, the name given by Carolus Linnaeus to a group of large moths; the flowers of some species supposedly resemble moths in flight. For this reason, the species are sometimes called Moth orchids.They are native throughout southeast Asia from the Himalayan mountains to the islands of Polillo, Palawan and Zamboanga del Norte in the island of Mindanao in thePhilippines and northern Australia. Orchid Island of Taiwan is named after this genus. Little recent information about their habitat and their ecology in nature is available since little field research has been done in the last decades.
|Closeup of a Phalaenopsis flower|