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|Rhynchostylis gigantea red form|
|Rhynchostylis gigantea spotted form|
Rhynchostylis gigantea is a species of orchid. This species was first described in 1896 by Lindley and occurs in Myanamar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hainan China, Borneo,Bangladesh and the Philippines.
Rhynchostylis differs from Vandas by the one-lobed lip. Rhynchostylis are also commonly called Foxtail Orchids because of their long thin densely packed inflorescences that get up to 37 cm with sweetly fragrant blooms. The inflorescences appear in autumn and winter. Due to the wide distribution of Rhynchostylis gigantea there is a range of different clones: flowers vary slightly in shape and colour (from white to dark red, with spotted forms).
Unlike vandas they need indirect light. Rhynchostylis gigantea are best grown in wood slat basket with little or no potting material and will grow massive fleshy roots entangled throughout the basket if given uniform water and fertilizer. The plants are warm to hot growing.