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Flower mutation - Lc Longriver Compton

This is a discussion on Flower mutation - Lc Longriver Compton within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a new flower from the same Lc. Longriver Compton that I posted earlier. ...

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    Default Flower mutation - Lc Longriver Compton

    This is a new flower from the same Lc. Longriver Compton that I posted earlier.

    This one flower is exhibiting a weird mutation. The pretty, earlier blooms are in the background and look like they are mocking the mutant:


    Everything is out of order.
    1. There are no sepals in the 12, 4 and 8 o'clock positions.
    2. There is a sepal in the 6 o'clock position, where the labellum should have been.
    3. The "petals" are in the 12, 4 and 8 o'clock positions.
    4. There is no labellum.

    Another way to look at it: The column rotated 180 degrees, and lost the two sepals at the 4 and 8 o'clock positions. And the labellum is reverse-peloric.

    I hope this is just a one-time fluke and not a genetic disorder of the plant. It would be a waste to compost this lovely.




    Compared to a "normal" flower on the first pseudobulb:


    I think the flowers from the first pseudobulb used up all the "juice" and the later blooms ended up as runts lol.

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    That is really interesting.

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    Compost bin???!!! P-shaw...don't go and throw that away. Why would you do that?? Not that I am great with the floof's but to throw it away over a strange flower now and then...it can come live a nice long life on my front porch (longer than the compost bin would allow anyways lol). Those floofies are gorgeous!
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    That weird...

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    It is probably a one time thing. Something may have happened to the developing bud that caused it. Who knows, but the other blooms are amazing.

    Cheers,
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    It's weird, but interesting. I would keep it for its uniqueness. Then, it might be one time thing...

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    Awwwww..... the poor little thing. The ugly duckling being laughed at by the pretty babies. Well, just send the whole bunch over to me for a little discipline.

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    There's something kinda cool about the way it looks though...

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    The other flower on the same pseudobulb came out normal.
    So I guess this is just a rare hiccup. I will see what happens next blooming season.

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    Did you use any rooting hormones on it last season? It is pretty any way.

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