Orchids of Dipolog

Paphiopedilum Philippinense

Paphiopedilum belongs to the genum of the orchid family which abundantly grow in parts of South China, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and India with about 77 known species. A subfamily of the Paphiopedilum in the Philippines is abundantly found in Dipolog. This is the Paphiopedilum Philippinense which is one of the flourishing orchids of Dipolog famous for its unusual beauty.

Paphiopedilum Philippinense means from Philippines to North Borneo and is one among the numerous sub-species of the Paphiopedilum orchid family which is a highly collectible orchid species with an unusual form of the its growing orchid flowers.

Phalaenopsis Philippinense

Another orchid of Dipolog is the Phalaenopsis Philippinense which grows as a mottled leaf species in the Philippines and is numerously found in Dipolog. This is a very beautiful orchid species that grow with foliage of purple and green mottled leaf on the underneath of its flower.

The Phalaenopsis Philippinense is a shade grower orchid of Dipolog which needs less watering during the cooler months. In order for this orchid species to grow healthily they need a good air movement since they are often intolerant to stale environment and they easily die.


Another orchid of Dipolog is the cattleya which is popularly known for its showy and large flowers. The cattleya is extensively used for hybridization for the cut-flower trade and its beauty is ideally described as the closest species to describe the main features of the original orchid family.

The cattleya flowers grow in the size of 5 to 15 cm or more. They come in variety of colors except the colors of blue and black. This famous orchid of Dipolog has three narrow petals on its flowers. There are two fringed petals and the other one has a conspicuous lip with markings and specks. At the base are fringed margins that are folded to look like a tube.

Phalaenopsis Eddie

The Phalaenopsis Eddie is a growing orchid in Dipolog that is popularly traded through artificial hybrid technology. This orchid species is also known as the moth orchid owing to its resemblance with moths in flight. They are most abundant in Southeast Asia especially in Himalayan Mountain and Palawan. Little are known about the ecology of the Phalaenopsis Eddie since only few researches were been done to study this kind of orchid species.


Another orchid of Dipolog is the Encyclia species which name is derived from the Greek word that means to encircle. This is because encyclia has a lateral lobe on its lip that encircles the column. This type of orchid specie originated from the Bahamas, Florida, Mexico, West Indies and tropical America and grows in lowlands with an altitude of 1000 meters. They are also evenly distributed in Asia and abundantly grow in Dipolog City in the Philippines. The flowers of encyclia arise from an apical inflorescence and are highly pollinated by birds and bees.


This species of orchid in Dipolog is known to be a mega-genus because of its more than 1,100 species. The Epidendrum has an epiphytic growth habit of crawling upon trees while some of its species are terrestrial or lithophytic with growths on rocks. They live in a habitat of humid environment such as in tropical forests, sunny grassy slope and cool forests.

This orchid of Dipolog has a variety of appearance and size of its flowers. The flowers come mostly in smaller to medium sizes. Majority of its species come in variety of fragrance and are produced only once or several years after its latest growth.


Ludisia is an orchid of Dipolog that is ideally displayed as a house plant. It is called as the black jewel orchid since its flower often discolors. They are terrestrial orchids that grow in soil or on the ground. When growing in their natural environment, Ludisia grows on the forest floor. They are known for their foliage with deep maroon leaves with veins running parallel to the center of the leaves.


Laelia is perhaps the most popular orchids of Dipolog owing to the natural beauty of its flowers with generic properties that make it fairly easy to culture this orchid species. They prefer to grow in sunny, cool and dry environment and are considered to be high elevation plants that live in cooler altitudes.

Vanda Lamellata

This type of orchid of Dipolog is a native orchid plant that grows in the Southern Islands of Taiwan, Northern Borneo and in the Philippines. The plant grows in lower elevations with four known variety of species growing in the Philippines.

Lavender Phalaenopsis

This is an exquisite orchid of Dipolog and is ideal for beginners in growing orchid plants. It is often used as a great display for a variety of occasions because of its graceful flowers. The lavender Phalaenopsis can make a great table arrangement with elegant beauty. It is also very popular for flower arrangements and presents.


Known as the Queen of Philippine orchids, waling-waling is a popular orchid of Dipolog with a subtle beauty that easily captivates those who have seen it. It is the rarest orchid species and is deemed close to extinction. It is known for its colorful and wide hybrids that grow on tree trunks and blooms only once a year.

The Waling-waling used to abound most tropical forests in Mindanao but due to deforestation further growth of this orchid species is threatened to become an endangered orchid species in the Philippines.