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Phalaenopsis celebensis (Sweet 1980)
The Celebes Phalaenopsis
Distribution : Célèbes (Sulawesi)
No synonym
     Epiphytic plant, pendent, with fleshy roots.
     Very short stem completely covered by imbricating leaf sheaths.
      Leaves very few, green marbled of silver white, obovate-oblong, rounded or obtuse, sub-sessile, long 17 cm or more, 6 cm wide .
      Flower stalk arched or pendent, twice longer than the leaves, rachis purple green carrying many flowers.
      Bracts small, inconspicuous.
      Flower showy. Dorsal sepal erect, suborbicular-spathulate, concave, obtuse. Lateral sepals spreading, obliquely ovate, obtuse to rounded.

     Incurved petals, transversely reniform-elliptic, retuse, with apex slightly notched.
    3-lobed lip, open, lateral lobes suborbicular-spathulate with a fleshy ridge in middle. Midlobe concave, ovate-elliptic, apiculate. At the junction of the three lobes, is located a callus acuminate, triangular, with somewhat erose margins.
    Column erect of 8 mm long or more.
    Pedicellate ovary of 2,5 cm long.

Phalaenopsis celebensis. Details according to J.J.Smith

     White sepals and petals, the latter with a brown spot in their medium. Midlobe base striped with brown. Base lateral lobes mottled yellow and brown. Above of column pink . The form of the petals is unique in the genus. Also particular the column with two beginning of appendice.

     Flowering time essentially in summer, abundant and long duration. Introduced and cultivated by Karthaus and Dakkus in 1934 then by J.J. Smith in Leyde.
     Nothing is known on it ecology.

The very curious flower of Phalaenopsis celebensis seen profile
Average temperature humidity and pluviometry, in the area of Mandano in the Sulawesi islands to the sea level