Phalaenopsis parishii, is one of the smaller Phalaenopsis species, found in the wild in the eastern Himalayas, Assam India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, for part of the year the plants are subjected to heavy rainfall and usually grow near water. It requires warm to hot growing conditions with high humidity and air movement.
Phalaenopsis parishii generally has pendant leaves which are smooth in texture and grey-green in colour, being only about 8cms long. The extensive roots are often flat where they grip the support and, for the size of the plant, can cover large areas. The inflorescence, of which there may be several, arise from below the leaves, are about 6-10cms long and can carry up to six, simultaneously opening flowers which have a very pleasant fragrance, reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley.
The flowers themselves are a little under 2cms but are quite complex and colourful. The 3-lobed lip is a rosy-plum colour and is large in relation to the flower as a whole, the lip carries a fleshy, maroon spotted, longitudinal yellow keel above the lobes. Closer inspection of the lip will reveal that there are several hair-like projections above a semi-circular fringed region. Petal and sepals are white to yellowish.
Phalaenopsis parishii is best grown on a mount but can be grown in a small pot, I have two examples of this specie, one grows in a net pot and one grows on a wooden mount.