Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana (Rchb.f.1865)
Lueddemann's Phalaenopsis
Distribution : Philippines

Phalaenopsis luddemannii (Boball ex Naves Novis 1882)

Phalaenopsis ochracea (Carriere ex Stein 1892)

Polychilos lueddemanniana (Shim 1982)

     Epiphytic plant, very variable in size, with short stem completely enclosed by imbricating leaf-sheaths.
     Roots numerous, flexuous, glabrous.
     Leaves fleshy, rather numerous, arcuate or pendent, almost oblong-elliptic or elliptic or obovates, sometimes oblanceolate, acute or obtuse, at conduplicate base base, of more than 30 cm. long for 9 cm. wide, ducted underneath.
     Flower stalk almost sub-erect or aruate, simple or branching, giving "keikis easily", longer than the leaves. Rachis distichou, slightly in zigzag.
      Bracts ovate or triangular, concave, acute, of 5 mm.
      Flowers fleshy, waxy, very variable in size, reaching 6 cm. Dorsal sepal elliptic or oblong-elliptic, acute or obtuse, distinctly carinate dorsally. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate-elliptic, canaliculate above, distinctly carinate dorsally. Petals at cuneate base, elliptic or ovate-elliptic, acute or obtuse, slightly smaller than the sepals.

   Lip, 3-lobed, 1/3 shorter than the sepals. Lateral lobes erect, quadrangular, oblong, at truncated apex, provided of a callus in shape of half moon in their middle. Midlobe very variable in form, linear-oblong or elliptic or ovate or oblong-ovate, fleshy, convex, with a longitudinal median keel ending in a bump at apex. Bump completely covered with small hard hairs. The end of the lobe is directed downwards. Disc between lateral lobes papulose or fleshy and provided in front of an appendix bifide, acicular.
    Column fleshy, cylindrical, slightly arcuate, from 10 to 12 mm long.
     Pedicellate ovary of 3,5 cm

Lip of Phal.lueddemanniana (Sweet)

     Very variable species in size and by the colouring of the flowers. The background is whitish with transverse or horizontal bars magenta or violet/amethyst or brown/red. Colouring appears on the ventral face of the segments whereas the back remains silvery white. The lip is clear carmine , yellow at the base and on the callus of the lateral lobes. The column is mauve with a yellow/greenish anther.
      Estival and autumnal flowering, of very long duration.
      It grow since the sea level up to 70 meters of altitude. It prefers a moisture raised permanently. Sometimes scented.

     Introduced in 1864 by the establishments Low and Co of Clapton which had confused it with Phalaenopsis equestris. The first flowering took place at Lueddemann, horticulturist in Paris into 1865 which gave him its name.
Illustration dictionnaire ichonographique des Orchidées
Variétés botaniques
Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.delicata (Rchb.f 1865)
     The apical half of the sepals and the petals is marked with transverse bars ochre with a whitish backround. Other half is transversely barred amethyst. The lip and the base of the column is dark mauve .
Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.ochracea (Rchb.f. 1865)
     The transverse bars and strippes on the segments are ochre with a whitish or yellowish backround. The base of sepals and petals is suffused of pale mauve.
Excluded varieties
     All this varieties was considered like Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana during years.
Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. boxalli (Hort 1962)

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.hieroglyphica (Rchb.f. 1887)


Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.fasciata (Hort 1965)


Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.palawensis (Quisumbing 1953)


Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.pulchra (Rchb.f 1875)


Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.pallens (Burb. 1882)


Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.surigadensis (Hort 1965)


Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana. var.purpurea (Rchb.f 1875)


Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.wardii (Hort 1881)

     Behind the name Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.arlington is sold an hybrid : Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica by Phalaenopsis pulchra. Correct name is, since 2006, Phalaenopsis Arlington.
Lip of Phalaenopsis Arlington
Phalaenopsis Arlington
Average temperature humidity and pluviometry, evolution relating to the Philippines on the sea level (area of Manila)