Common name for any kind of
in the genus Phalaenopsis, that belong to one of the most popular orchids in the orchid trade and of which there are circa 60 species.
They are native throughout Southeast Asia, from the
to the Philippines and northern Australia. The flowers can have a variety of colours, and the White Orchid Moth is the national flower of Indonesia (fig.). The name Moth Orchid derives from the fact that the flowers of these orchids have petals that resemble the wings of certain moths, with the petals that grow the closest to the stem
in fact resembling the delta-shaped wings of
Hawk Moths (fig.) and of