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Help with a Wild Orchid ID

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    OK i have been exploring around on a couple acres that I own and I have come across several wild orchids growing on the property. I have found Encyclia tampensis colonies growing on some old live oaks but I just missed the blooms and I am waiting in anticipation for the new blooms this may or june. But I also found on a palm tree 2 little orchids growing about 4ft off the ground and I have not be able to ID them so here are a few shots and details. I measured the biggest psuedobulb. The pseudobulb has almost a perfect round white ball that is just over 2cm fat and I would say 2cm tall. And the longest leaf is almost 8cm long and they have a maroon color to them. If anyone can help it is greatly appreciated.



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    What you've found is some seedlings of Encyclia tampensis. When growing in high light (often examined in Epidendrum, Encyclia, and their segregates) the bulbs or leaves will turn either red or purple. It is not harmful or too unusual for these genera, but the plants and leaves will typically be smaller or shorter as a result to these high light conditions...

    This species is always a nice find!

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    I'm not sure what they are either, but they are pretty cool looking. I bet someone over at the American Orchid Society in Delray Beach could help you identify them. Try Nicholas Ewy, he is the director of the greenhouse over there. His email is: EMAIL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahon View Post
    What you've found is some seedlings of Encyclia tampensis. When growing in high light (often examined in Epidendrum, Encyclia, and their segregates) the bulbs or leaves will turn either red or purple. It is not harmful or too unusual for these genera, but the plants and leaves will typically be smaller or shorter as a result to these high light conditions...

    This species is always a nice find!

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    Oops, never mind, looks like you found your answer.

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    Wow what a find! Congrats

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    Nice find, indeed! Thanks, Pat for identifying these.

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    Thank You very much for the ID, and explaining why they have the red tint to them. That makes a lot of sense.

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