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What could it be?

This is a discussion on What could it be? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I saw an unlabled orchid today that I could not figure out what it was ...

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    Question What could it be?

    I saw an unlabled orchid today that I could not figure out what it was and wondered if anyone here could give suggestions? (sorry no pix).

    Monopodial, 4" LS
    Narrow leaves and growth habit look like Neofinetia falcata but...
    Flower spike about 6-8" long had 10+ alternating white flowers shaped and sized like a Howeara Lava Burst.

    Any thoughts? Owner has no idea, and is thinking of chucking it as it's almost out of bloom and this person isn't an orchid-lover. I'd like to know what I 'might' be getting into...

    Thanks.

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    Sounds really familiar . . . but without a pic, I am no help at all.

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    OK, I will take a wild guess. Maybe its one of those mule eared mini oncidiums? Tolumnia??

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    Well, sucker that I am I couldn't let it go into the trash, so here is a pic of the mystery plant I now own, untouched from how I received it, and a closer view of the spikes. I left the two expended spikes on so you could get an idea of how it carries it's spikes and see how the flowers are organized on the spike when they are there.

    Thanks for looking at it.

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    Well, it's definitely vandaceous--if it's already blooming at that size, I'll bet it's some kind of a Neofinetia cross. That moss it's in scares me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Well, it's definitely vandaceous--if it's already blooming at that size, I'll bet it's some kind of a Neofinetia cross. That moss it's in scares me.
    yes, i agree
    it might be a cross between Doritis and Neofinetia
    but we cant guess it exactly when it's no flower

    the root may rot...@@

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    Thanks guys. The moss is crispy-dry at the moment. I never leave anything in moss in my house so it's coming out today, but I wanted to take the pix before I messed with it. I thought vanda-neo-something cross too, but have never seen any photos that look like the flowers (too bad they were gone before I could get a picture). Think "lily of the valley". That's what each blossom looked like.

    Well, I'll treat it like neof. and see what we get, huh?

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    Neofinetia has longer petioles than most vandaceous plants (the petioles are the parts which connect the leaf to the stem – this is where the leaf breaks off when it dies; look for the line on the 'leaf') . . . this one looks like it might be a Neo hybrid on that count as well.

    It looks/sounds like an interesting little plant. I'm glad you kept it. I hope we can get a better idea when it blooms again.

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    I found out the name of the florist where this was originally purchased and asked the owner what this was. She didn't have the species/hybrid name (or know which it was) but she SWEARS that at the quarterly wholesale growers' auction in Canada where she buys these, she was told it was a type of oncidium.

    She says that they come with yellow, red, or white flowers. I went down to her store to see if she and I were talking about the same plant and she had another one there (also not in bloom--darn) and indeed we were talking about the same plant.

    Equitant? Seems hard to believe a grower in chilly Canada, would grow and sell these in PURE SPHAGNUM if it was an equitant?

    When I repotted, though, I did notice two tiny little new growth sprouts coming up from the base in two places, so it's maybe not actually monopodial. The roots are more like phalaenopsis not oncidium. Boy, I just don't know. I guess we'll see!

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    I've never heard of, let alone seen, an Oncidium without pseudobulbs. (That doesn't mean there aren't any, just that I'd be mighty suprised to find one.) Those two growths might be keikis in the making.

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