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orchid ID request Please

This is a discussion on orchid ID request Please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought this plant years ago at a orchid show but have since lost the ...

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    Default orchid ID request Please

    I bought this plant years ago at a orchid show but have since lost the tag. The original plant had died but I had given starts to family and was able to get a plant for myself again.

    It has never bloomed, not for me or any of the family who keep it. It does make babies none stop, they pop up from the middle of the leaves. The babies can either be snapped off or left on, if left on the will produce their own babies too until you have this big ugly stringy plant.

    when I bought it, I seen pictures of the blooms. They are small and quite brilliant orange. I'm on the verge of tossing this one since it doesn't bloom but maybe if I can ID it, I can find out how to bloom it.

    This plant it young, the pot is 3" across. The one my mom has looks like a octopus.


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    It is difficult and risky to actually ID an orchid from just seeing the young plant without flowers, but from your description of the flower and plant habit, I would like to venture that it is a Hexisea. For flowering this plant, I would let it grow into the 'octopus' like size and give it a rest during the dry season. Do not fertilize it much and sort of let it 'suffer' a bit to encourage flowering and not promote more vegetative growth. It prefers to hang from a slab and when in flower it can be very spectacular with either bright red or orange mini flowers. Let us see what others might suggest it is, but certainly do not junk it.

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    Hmm, I think I remember it being some sort of Cattleya cross but I'll look up Hexisea.

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    Looks more like a Den. kingianum or hybrid plant.

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    100% dendrobium kingianum or hybrid, as Roy said above. It doesnt look anything like a Cattleya and the way to discern this, is to look at the grouping of the Pbulbs...Generally, Cattleyas have a short rhizome piece between each Pbulb, but these dont. And look for little bud like things around the leaves on the Pbulb, those are dormant buds.

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    It does look like dendrobium kingianum except that mine only ever has two leaves per pbulb and even on the mature plant, the longest bulb excluding leaves is only 4" or so. It must be some kind of hybrid, I did see pics of the parent plant in bloom so I know for sure it has small bright orange blooms.
    I'll treat it like a dendrobium orchid for now and see if I can get a bloom from it. There is a tiny bump between the leaves but so far they just make babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gail. View Post
    It does look like dendrobium kingianum except that mine only ever has two leaves per pbulb and even on the mature plant, the longest bulb excluding leaves is only 4" or so. It must be some kind of hybrid, I did see pics of the parent plant in bloom so I know for sure it has small bright orange blooms.
    I'll treat it like a dendrobium orchid for now and see if I can get a bloom from it. There is a tiny bump between the leaves but so far they just make babies.
    Sure you wernt duped?

    One difference i noticed is that in most catts, the Pbulbs are spindly at the base, then taper out to quite nice fat things near the top; this is doing the opposite, just like dendrobium. Perhaps there is an orange hybrid of the plant? i do not know for sure, but your description does soundmore like a cattleya. Unfortunatly, the plant says otherwise.......

    hmmm....we have a problem

    all the best, Jordan

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    Dendrobium kingianum has some relatives with similar plant form but larger size, and possibly orange flowers. I think the plant is a better match for Den. speciosum than Den. kingianum. Look for a picture of Den. speciosum and see if the flower shape is similar to the picture you remember. The flowers are often creamy white but can be yellow to orange-ish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    Dendrobium kingianum has some relatives with similar plant form but larger size, and possibly orange flowers. I think the plant is a better match for Den. speciosum than Den. kingianum. Look for a picture of Den. speciosum and see if the flower shape is similar to the picture you remember. The flowers are often creamy white but can be yellow to orange-ish.
    Thats a good point, but even then, most speciosum has 3 leaves, and judging by the size of the piece of hand i see in the corner and some of the bark, its far to small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gail. View Post
    It does look like dendrobium kingianum except that mine only ever has two leaves per pbulb and even on the mature plant, the longest bulb excluding leaves is only 4" or so. It must be some kind of hybrid, I did see pics of the parent plant in bloom so I know for sure it has small bright orange blooms.
    I'll treat it like a dendrobium orchid for now and see if I can get a bloom from it. There is a tiny bump between the leaves but so far they just make babies.
    LOL i just read the bottom part! Congrats! it is 100% dendrobium! as only dendrobs tend to produce babies like this. these "babies" are known as Kei keis, and when they grow strong roots, you can repot them seperately.

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