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Phalaenopsis schilleriana or the “Sunset glow” because of the beautiful pink flowers, was first described by H.G. Reichenbach in 1860 and named after Consul Schiller who first flowered the orchid two years earlier. The species is endemic to the Philippines where it enjoys the warm tropical climate. Phalaenopsis schilleriana has stunning, mottled leaves with patterns that make it stand out even when it is not flowering. The stems are enveloped by obtuse, elliptic, and fleshy leaves. They are dark green with gray to white edges on the upper side with purple spots on the undersides. Todays stamp showing the “Sunset glow” is from Barbados.