Phalaenopsis taenialis (Christ 1986)
Phalaenopsis with long and flattened roots
Distribution : Nepal, North-East of India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand.
Principal synonyms

Aerides taeniale ( Lindl.1833)

Biermannia taenialis ( Tang & Wang 1951)

Doritis taenialis ( J.D. Hook 1890)

Kingidium taeniale ( PF.Hunt 1970)

Kingiella taenialis ( Rolfe 1917) Polychilos taenialis ( Shim 1982)

                                                   Aerides carnosa ( Griff 1851)

    Small plant, epiphytic with many flattened roots playing an important part for photosynthesis.
    Short stem.
    Leaves very few (1 to 2), obliquely lanceolate, acute, dark green, 10 cm length for 2 cm broad, often smaller of half.
    Flower stalk 10 cm long or more, pendent.
    Bracts lanceolate of 0,3 cm.
    Flowers 6 to 8, 2 cm in diameter. Sepals and petals clear pink, column and lip darker.

Oblong, obtuse dorsal sepal. Lateral sepals obliquely elliptic-ovate, obtuse, of the same length than the dorsal sepal but slightly broader. Elliptic-obovate petals, obtuse, of the same dimension than the dorsal sepal.
Lip 3-lobed of 8 mm with a spur. Lateral lobe erect, oblong, obtuse, as long as the midlobe. Midlobe oblong-elliptic, obtuse, convex, with two callus. The posterior one fleshy, bidentate, whereas the former callus is ligulate, deeply bifide. Column 4 mm long, largely widened at the level of the stigma. Pedicellate ovary of 1,6 cm.

Fleur vue de profil

Illustrations resulting from Griffith in "Icones Plantarum Asiaticarum" 1851

   Plant discovered between 1000 and 2500 meters of altitude. Natural flowering in april/mai.
    It's an abundant plant in nature. Only Phalaenopsis braceana has a similar spur in the genus Phalaenopsis, but its green or bronze color makes it possible to distinguish it easily.
Some additional photos