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This highly variable species deserves a detailed study to identify the variants and formal descriptions for the more attractive ones that remain unnamed. net). For many growers, this is the most desirable species in the genus, both for its foliage and its flowers. It has a reputation for being difficult to grow so is not a popular choice with hobbyists. Actually, it just need slightly lower temperatures to grow and flower well. 32 FIG. 12 Purple or pink markings on the sepals and petals are highly variable and growers should, when possible, choose plants when they are in flower.
Phalaenopsis celebensis Sweet (Fig. 5) is a small epiphyte from Sulawesi with poorly documented ecology and distribution. Leaves (17 x 6 cm) are dark green with silvergreen tessellation with inflorescences up to 40 cm long and floriferous. Flowers are white, sometimes yellow (Fig. 6), with petals suffused with brown in the center. Lip is white, spotted with FIG. 6 brown and yellow (lateral lobes) and the lower face of the column is pink. Twisted petals with reflexed margins are the main characteristics of its flower.
FIG. 69 Inflorescences are unbranched and produce 3 to 5 flowers each, with only 2 or 3 opening simultaneously. Inflorescences are horizontal to pendent and can sometimes grow within the compost, as observed for Phal. modesta and Phal. javanica. Flowers (up to 3,5 cm in diameter) are white with green suffusions near the apices. Petals and sepals transversally barred brown. The lip midlobe is marked with longitudinal dark red stripes, while the lateral lobes have an orange tooth. The column is white.
Phalaenopsis - A Complete Guide by David Lafarge