Himalaya to China (Yunnan) as per WCSP;
Assam; Bangladesh; China South-Central; East Himalaya; Laos; Myanmar; Nepal; Thailand; Tibet; Vietnam; West Himalaya as per Catalogue of Life;

Plants to 12cm tall; roots tufted, numerous, long, flattened, 3-5mm wide. Leaves usually 1-3, semi-deciduous, elliptic to elliptic-obovate, acute to subacute, sessile jointed, 2.5-12 x 1-3.5cm. Inflorescence basal, pendent, racemose, 6- to 8-flowered; peduncle ridged, sheathed, 2-2.6cm long; sheaths distant, tubular at base, ovate, acute above, 2-2.5mm long; rachis ridged, glabrous, c.1.5cm long; floral bracts ovate-triangular, acute, 2-3 x 0.5-0.8cm. Flowers 1-1.5cm across; pale purple, pink to white (changing to pale green after fertilisation), lip epichile and anther purple; pedicel and ovary slender, curved, 0.9-1cm long. Sepals subequal, obtuse, 5-veined; dorsal sepal oblong-oblanceolate, 0.7-1 x 0.15-0.3cm; lateral sepals broadly elliptic, 0.6-1 x 0.3-0.4cm. Petals obovate, obtuse, 0.5-1 x 0.25-0.5cm.Lip adnate to the column foot; hypochile spurred below, with 2 long, narrowly oblong, falcate, backward-projecting lobes, 0.8-1cm long; epichile spathulate-oblong, entire, upper surface with a forked appendage, 6-9 x 2.53.5mm. Column narrowly winged, c.3mm long; spur cylindric-conical. Fruit narrowly cylindric, curved, 3.5-5.5 x 0.4-0.7cm.
(Attributions- N. R. Pearce & P. J. Cribb. Orichds of Bhutan. Published by RGoB and RBGE. 2002 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)



Sikkim Wb Tour : Phalaenopsis taenialais : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).

Our Sikkim WB was most successful tour for me because we found 15 orchids
all new for me .. i will like to share with you this beauty called Phalaenopsis taenialia
first … located it on tree, it was in buds latter we found growing on rock which was withered
but finally through running cab … located bunch of it in full fresh bloom, we remembered landmark
and then walked back with cameras to capture this beauty.. it was high up on tree almost out of reach, one local boy helped us to get it
i was soo happy… after that we found it at so many places, it was found growing epiphytically on Tea plant at Darjeeling 

My apologies for typing error ..it should be Phalaenopsis taenialis 

It is very nice that you got 15 orchids. I have read a book name Wild Orchids of Western Ghat.
You also may be documented like this

Thanks …, i will like to get my collection documented too but picture and information i am having is not enough for documentation for that i will have to explore and learn much more about orchids


Orchids from Sikkim-Darjeeling Tour-Phalaenopsis taenialis for validation:: NS July 01 : 7 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (6).
This tiny epiphytic orchid was shot from Pellling and Darjeeling in May 2014, finding and finally getting the pics was not less interesting than the plant itself is..
I hope this is Phalaenopsis taenialis… please validate or correct..

Very pretty flowers and ncie pics.
Yes Phalaenopsis taenalis.

Mini version of huge variety of large flowers we have here in California.


Flora picture of year 2014 : 13 posts by 12 authors. Attachments (1)
Happy New Year !!
Sikkim Darjeeling tour May 2014 was memorable for me
I can describe as ‘Orchid Tour’
We found 15 orchids in 12 days
Phaloenpsis taenialis is one of the beauties
I hope you will also enjoy 

Nice picture and find, … Can understand your joy to finding new orchids.

Thanks, … Sikkim is still unexplored as far as efloraofindia is concerned.
I hope more members make such trips & post their pictures.

Very nice …, thanks to the guy who helped us to reach this tiny beauty.. a memorable trip indeed..

Beautiful epiphytic orchid in the homeland of orchids.
This genus is not known in West Himalaya, so never seen live.


Phalaenopsis taenalis : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Sharing some pictures of P. taenalis shot at Kakani, Napal at 2030M
on 28 June 2014.

Can’t confirm from this pic.

SK1283 13 JUL 2018 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- around 2 Mb each.
Location:  Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 11 May 2018
Altitude: 4000 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Phalaenopsis cultivar. ID please ?

I have no idea about hybrids 🙁
But this one looks so peculiar to Phalaenopsis taenialis.
May be a hybrid of it.

Phalaenopsis taenialis (Lindl.) Christenson & Pradhan : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4) – around 500 kb each.
Location: Balaju, Raniban,Nepal
Altitude : 4800 ft.
Date: 7 June 2018
Habit : Wild

Location: Nagarkot, Nepal  

Date: 11 June 2018
Altitude: 7100 ft.
Habit : Wild 
Attachments (3) around 400 kb each.

Very pretty Phalaenopsis taenialis. A bit differrent colour, but I assume its due to camera flash.

Same location at 6500 ft.
Attachments (1)

Phalaenopsis taenialis (Lindl.) Christenson & Pradhan : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)- around 800 kb each.
Location: Nagarkot, Bhaktapur
Date: 16  May 2019
Elevation: 2030 m.
Habit : Wild

Phalaenopsis taenialis

3Aug 2019.
Attachments (1)- 1 mb.


Phalaenopsis taenialis (Lindl.) Christenson & Pradhan : 8 posts by 3 authors. 4 images- 3 to 7 mb each.
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Altitude: 2120 m.
Date: 15 July 2020
Habitat : Wild

Phalaenopsis taenialis (Lindl.) Christenson & Pradhan: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Ribdikot, Harthok, Palpa, Nepal 
Date: 30 May 2023
Elevation: 1271 m.
Habit : Wild

Yes, beautiful Phalaenopsis taenialis!

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