any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis, native to tropical Asia, having clusters of showy, variously colored flowers.
- Also called moth orchid.
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How to use phalaenopsis in a sentence
These data include all types of live orchids, not only phalaenopsis, or moth orchids, which are the most common commercial variety, and most likely to pop up at your local shop.
Further back in the mountains I came across some fine species of phalaenopsis.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines | H. Wilfrid Walker
Under these remarkable circumstances some scores of phalaenopsis were thriving as I never saw them elsewhere.
Then he heard of a ‘red phalaenopsis,’ on the north coast, a legendary wonder, which must have its own chronicle by and by.
The phalaenopsis, they said, abounded within a few hundred yards, and the Aerides was common enough.
The discovery of phalaenopsis Sanderiana was an interesting event; nor for botanists alone.