The botanical name of the plant is Dendrobium phalaenopsis, and it belongs to the orchid family, Orchidaceae. The Indonesian people call this orchid “anggrek larat.”
This epiphytic orchid has a long stem, reaching a length of 0.45-100 cm. The leaves are green, shaped like lances with pointed tips, reaching a length of 10-15 cm and 2 cm in diameter. The stalk of the flower is 20-55 cm long, with each stalk containing 6-24 flowers that emerge from the tips of the stem and branches. The flowers are about 8 cm long. The sepals are elliptical, pointed at the tips, and purple with some irregular dark-purple stripes. Its petals are large and cracked at the tips. Its color is also purple with a few irregular dark-purple stripes too. The purple lip has dark-purple stripes and is divided into three parts.
The Larat Orchid can be cultivated by seeding and cloning. The best habitat for this orchid is a warm place at an altitude of 5-700 meters. This kind of orchid produces small flowers if it is planted incool places. This ornamental orchid is also used as a parental source for cross breeding.
Kingdom : Plantae
Phylum : Magnoliophyta
Class : Liliopsida
Sub-class : Liliidae
Ordo : Orchidales
Famili : Orchidaceae
Genus : Dendrobium phala
Spesies : Dendrobium phalaenopsi