Monographs Details: Phalaenopsis bellina f. murtoniana (Rchb.f.) Christenson
Authority: Christenson, Eric A. & Whitten, W. Mark. 1995. Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson, a Segregate from P. Violacea Witte (Orchidaceae:Aeridinae).47: 57-60.
Phalaenopsis violacea var. murtoniana Rchb.f., Gard. Chron., n.s. 10: 234. 1878. TYPE: Origin unknown, Hort. B. S. Williams s. n. (HOLOTYPE: W).
Sweet (1980) applied the name murtoniana to the frequently illustrated cultivar 'Country Acres,' although flowers of that clone are greenish white and not the "light lemon-yellow" given by Reichenbach in his original description and maintained by Sweet (1980). Recently a yellow-orange phase of the species has appeared in cultivation. Although this yellow-orange phase appears to approach Reichenbach's original concept of murtoniana more closely, the plants in horticulture appear to have a hybrid origin (Grisebach, pers. comm., 1989).