Phalaenopsis aphrodite Reichb. F. also known as “mariposa” is the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) Plant of the Month for May 2020. Mariposa belongs to family Orchidaceae native to Taiwan and the Philippines.
Mariposa grows in one main stem and live high up on tree trunks and branches. Its leaves are elliptic-oblong, deep green above and purplish beneath. It grows best in shady and humid places on branches of trees.
TRIVIA: The word Phalaenopsis comes from the Greek words “phalaina” and “opsis” which means “a moth appearance.” It is mainly because its flower resembles white moths found in the tropical jungles.
Come, visit and explore MBG soon, look for the Molave trees and see it for yourself!
by: Angela A. Limpiada and Analyn C. Malayba