Origin of Phalaenopsis
Phalaenopsis orchids have their origin in Asia and derive principally from Borneo, Vietnam and The Philippines. The name Phalaenopsis comes from the greek words phalaina, which means “Butterfly” and opsis, “like”. In the wilderness Phalaenopsis grow in the rain forest, where they with help of their aerial roots hold tight onto trees and absorb nutrients. After many years of breeding and interbreeding of wild Phalaenopsis, it has been possible to breed plants which are extremely suitable for indoors. Breeders all over the world have with interbreeding achieved a countless range of colors, shades and flower sizes. Phalaenopsis has in the last years become a very popular indoor plant, probably mostly because of its long shelf life.