Phalaenopsis: Moth orchid
Features: Short, thick stem producing a few aerial roots and rather floppy, fleshy leaves. Arching and branching stalks carry up to 30 pansy-like flowers — the whole spray is said to resemble a flight of moths. The flowers, which may appear at any time of year, are 5-10cm (2-4in) wide, long-lasting, generally white, pink, lilac or magenta, and frequently with delicate veining or spotting patterns.
Size: Up to 60cm (2ft) tall.
Special needs: Bright but filtered light; warm temperatures; high humidity; water moderately, but never wet the leaves; liquid feed fortnightly during active growth; rest during winter.