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Help in orchid plant identification

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    Question Help in orchid plant identification

    Hi all,

    I just got back from my hometown on the west coast of India. Managed to get a few plants off some roadside trees. The first picture is a plant that I plucked off a tree on a side road that was precariously perched on a branch that had been chopped off, so all I had to do was twist off the bit of branch that held the plant. Could this be a rhyncostylis perhaps ?

    The second plant is a tiny specimen barely 4 inches high that was growing low enough for me to pluck off the tree trunk, larger ones 18-24 inches tall were growing in clumps higher up with many fleshy whitish roots with green tips. Is this some kind of dendrobium or an orchid at all ?

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    I'm just curious but is this legal to do in India?

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    Trading of all wild orchid species is illegal as far I know unless you have a permit from the govt. Some orchids are on the endangered species list and cannot be collected from the wild. The plants I got above were from trees that had branches cut off and were probably destined for an early death anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    Trading of all wild orchid species is illegal as far I know unless you have a permit from the govt. Some orchids are on the endangered species list and cannot be collected from the wild. The plants I got above were from trees that had branches cut off and were probably destined for an early death anyway.
    The first looks like an aerides to me and the second is a dendrobium.

    I have been 'guilty' of collecting Aerides odorata from trees that had been cut down to make way for road upgrading. These trees Pterocarpus indicus, local name 'Angsana' ,had been planted as roadside shade trees about 100 years ago, so you can imagine the amount of epiphytes that had grown on it including Aerides odorata and Den crumenatum. I was lucky to pass by and collected about 15 healthy adult aerides. A few days later the whole lot had been carted away to be burnt at our local garbage dump. The ones I had collected are happily growing in my garden and the garden of friends.

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    The second one is a dendrobium of some kind.

    Cheers,
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