Phalaenopsis violacea is a species in the genus Phalaenopsis.
Phalaenopsis violacea can bloom throughout the year, but usually heaviest in late spring to early summer, with two to three successively opening flowers. Flowers are 3.5 cm wide and fragrant.
The plant was first discovered by Teijsmann in 1859, who sent it to the Botanic Garden at Leiden, Netherlands. It was then flowered by Witte. In that same year Willink in Amsterdam also received some plants of the species and sent some of the flowering material to Reichenbach who described it in 1862 under the name Stauritis violacia. In the same year Teijsmann and Binnedijk in Bogor also described their plant as Phalaenopsis violacea.
Plants are found growing in the forest of Malaya peninsula and Sumatra at elevations around 150 meters.
Grow intermediate to warm. Pot in medium fir bark and keep in partial shade. Water about once a week. Keep plant fairly moist but not wet.
Common Names: The Violet Phalaenopsis
- Phalaenopsis violacea f. coerulea Christenson 2001
- Phalaenopsis violacea f. alba (Teijsm. & Binn.) Christenson 2001
- Phalaenopsis violacea var. alba Teijsm. & Binn. 1862
- Polychilos violacea (hort. ex H. Witte) Shim 1982
- Stauritis violacea [Witte] Rchb.f 1862
- Stauropsis violacea Rchb. f. 1862;
- Sweet, Herman R.. The Genus Phalaenopsis. The Orchid Digest, 1980.