The Phalaenopsis originally comes from Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Australia. In the wild, it grows mainly on trees but without taking nutrients from them. In addition to trees, this orchid also grows in nature on rocks, highly permeable soils such as humus as well as in crevices near rivers and creeks.
The story goes that while on one of his forays into nature, the Dutch botanist Dr. C.L. Blume saw a group of butterflies perched almost motionless by a tree. The butterflies turned out to be orchids, which he later named Phalaenopsis amabilis.