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Phalaenopsis equestris

Phal. equestris.jpg

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
SubTribe: Aeridinae
Genus: Phalaenopsis
Species: Phal. equestris
Binomial name
Phalaenopsis equestris
[Schauer]Rchb.f 1849

Phalaenopsis equestris is an species in the genus Phalaenopsis.


Plant blooms from anytime of the year but mostly from fall to spring with many successively opening 1.5 to 3 cm wide flowers. Species has a habit of Producing Keikis (Child in Hawaiian) and re-blooming off of old spikes and tips.

The plant was first described by Schauer in 1843 as Stauroglottis equestris from a collection by Meyen.


Plants are found growing in warm valleys near streams in Philippines to Taiwan at elevations of 0 to 300 meters.


Grow in intermediate to warm temperatures. Pot in medium fir bark and keep in moderate light. Water about once a week. Keep plant fairly moist but not wet. Reduce watering during the winter.


Image Name Description
Phal. equestris alba.jpg Phalaenopsis equestris var. alba [Hort] E A Christensen 2001 Sepals and petals are white. Lip is white
Phal. equestris aurea.jpg Phalaenopsis equestris var. aurea Sepals and petals are white . Lip is yellow
Phalaenopsis equestris var. ilocus.jpg Phalaenopsis equestris var. ilocos Sepals and petals are light purple . Lip is purple
Phalaenopsis equestris pink.jpg Phalaenopsis equestris var. rosea Sepals and petals are pink . Lip is pink
Phal. equestris red.jpg Phalaenopsis equestris variant Sepals and petals are magenta . Lip is red
Phalaenopsis equestris 'Blue lip'.jpg
Phalaenopsis equestris var. cyanochilus Sepals and petals are white with very light blue shades. Lip is blue.


Common Names:The Horse Phalaenopsis


  1. Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba hort. 1969
  2. Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba [Hort] E A Christensen 2001
  3. Phalaenopsis equestris f. aurea Christenson 2001
  4. Phalaenopsis equestris f. cyanochila O.Gruss 2001
  5. Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer] Rchb.f var alba {Hort.] Sweet 1967
  6. Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer] Rchb.f var leucaspis Rchb.f 1881
  7. Phalaenopsis equestris [Schauer] Rchb.f var leucotanthe Rchb.f 1883
  8. Phalaenopsis equestris var. rosea Valmayor & D.Tiu in H.L.Valmayor 1984
  9. Phalaenopsis esmeralda auct. non rchb.f ?
  10. Phalaenopsis riteiwanensis Masaume 1934
  11. Phalaenopsis rosea Lindley 1848
  12. Phalaenopsis rosea var aurantiaca Gower 1892
  13. Phalaenopsis rosea var deliciosa Barb. 1882
  14. Phalaenopsis rosea var leucaspis [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1886
  15. Phalaenopsis stauroglottis [Schauer] Rchb.f 1881
  16. *Stauroglottis equestris Schauer 1843
  17. Stauroglottis riteiwanensis (Masam.) Masam. 1934


  • Sweet, Herman R.. The Genus Phalaenopsis. The Orchid Digest, 1980.