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Phal. Mutation

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    Default Phal. Mutation

    I bought this Phal today from a local Garden Nursery where they are famous for not having their Orchid plants tagged. I bought his one nonetheless because it was pretty and unusual.
    I know that it is a Phal. and I am guessing that it is a "Mutation".
    Can anyone tell me whether these plants are ever registered, and will I ever be able to find it's name?
    I know that the plant was not bred here on the island, but was imported from a Nursery in Germany or the Netherlands.
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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe they call it a peloric flower where the petals don't open all the way.

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    That's right, it is a peloric. It isn't that the petals won't open, they are trying to mimic the lip. Sometimes it only occurs once and sometimes it is a permanent thing. You probably will have a very hard time iding the plant unless the nursery can help you out.

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    No, you will never find its name. There are hundreds of crosses that are impossible to distinguish if they are unidentified, and many of them are not registered so only the person that made the cross even knows what it is. As Jonada said, the peloric petals are partly mimicing the lip. This isn't uncommon in Phals, can occur in any species or hybrid, and has no bearing on the name unless a clonal name is given to a plant that is consistently peloric.

    It may or may not be a mutation. A mutation must be a genetic change, and peloric flowers can arise from environmental or developmental problems even if the genes are "normal".

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    It may or may not be a mutation. A mutation must be a genetic change, and peloric flowers can arise from environmental or developmental problems even if the genes are "normal".
    I would slightly disagree in this case. This plant is definitely a mutant, as it is consistently producing the same homeotic transformation in both the flowers. Environment induced peloricity is not so uniform and severe. Here we see entire organ transformation of the petal to the lip, which occurs due to over expression of a gene which is responsible for the lip development. I will write another post on the forum explaining the flower development and the peloricity.

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    Thank you for your input.
    I have just come upon a Post in the Pha., Onc, & Intergenics In Bloom Forum posted by Laura 1/2/07.
    Her picture is exactly like mine and she names the orchid Phal. Brother Lancer Peloric.
    I would still be interested in what further Halloamey has to tell about the flower development and peloricity.
    Thanks !

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