Origin Of Moth Orchids – Southeast Asia

This is an image of moth orchid

The moth orchid named phalaenopsis is a real, beautiful and flourishing flower for indoors. The name phalaenopsis comes from the Greek term “phalaina” and “opsis” to mean “moth-like”. This name butterfly like adopts the fact that is the philosophy of beauty. In a tropical climate, moth orchids tend to grow on tree branches and in between the rock place sufficient with moisture. In rainforest climate, they thrive well in grassland area such as pastures. Orchids are adaptive to different environment hence making it flower for a home cult. The natural habitat in Southeast Asia is Singapore, East Himalaya, and Malaysia. Let take a look at this origin places for moth orchids.

Eastern Himalayas

This region has a wide range of climate ranging from eastern to western. The region around Himalaya Mountains supports the growth of orchid’s moth. Most of Himalayas region has the subtropical highland climate, especially in East regions. A Western region such as Upper Mustang on the leeward side of the mountain has low precipitation during the year, not ideal for the growth of orchid’s moth. Eastern regions such as Pokhara in southern side experience substantial rainfall (3900mm per year) thus orchids grow naturally in this regions. Temperature ranges 18 degree to 20 degree C supporting the growth of orchids, the place is full of high air humidity due to Himalayas Mountain. Actually, orchids grow under rainforest trees found in this mountain. The main species found in this region is phalaenopsis braceana.


It is situated at 1 degree north of the equator in the middle of South East Asian. The climate experienced is a typical equatorial climate that supports the extensive growth of orchid moth (natural habitat). The daily temperature from 25- 30 degrees Celsius with a reliable annual rainfall of 2328.7mm. The sunshine duration in this region is 120 watts/m squared which moderate. This arises due to different cloud cover different time of day as well as relative humidity of 83- 90%. Under this condition and climate, Singapore supports the growth of various species currently has recorded 226 species of orchid’s moth. 75% of the country is covered with epiphytes orchid whereas the rest is covered by terrestrial orchids. Singapore has the Vanilla griggithi orchids which are the largest orchid plant in the world. This is due to their equatorial climate.

This is a picture of moth orchids


Malaysia is linked to Singapore by a narrow bridge. Regions in East of Malaysia have numerous hills, valleys, and mountain such as Mount Kinabalu (4095 meter – 13435 feet) high. This mountain supports the growth of natural orchid’s moth in this region. The local climate is equatorial climate since is linked to Singapore. The climate is categorized by annual southwest and northwest monsoon. The temperature in the East region of Malaysia is moderate with the annual rainfall of 2500mm without experiencing dry seasons. This ideal climate provides a strategic place for wild orchid’s moth in mountain ridges, summit, and valleys. Singapore record the largest species of wild orchids, usually 3000 species. These wild orchids grow in high altitudes dispersed across luscious mountain rainforest. These wild orchids are epiphytes and terrestrial orchids growing widely in Cameron Highland and National Pahang.

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