This attractive phalaenopsis sumatrana was grown on a hollowed-out coconut shell. I liked how it attached itself sideways onto the husk which to me, is a more natural growing position for many phalaenopsis species instead being placed upright into a pot.

It must have liked its coconut, showing its approval through three spikes with many beautifully striped, star-shaped flowers each.

Phalaenopsis sumatrana – growing on a coconut shell


Phalaenopsis sumatrana is endemic to Sumatra and Malaysia and prefers all-year warm to hot, humid growing conditions. Get one if you must, but please keep it happy.

Phal sumatrana


Phalaenopsis sumatrana flowers


Photos of this plant taken at the Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2015 orchid show.