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    I'm assuming this is a Phal., but anyone know which? I've seen many that look similar.
    I have several orchid plants I've gotten from a "friend" who, when the blooms fall, they get dumped. So I take them. She also pulls the name tags because they "just detract". I only refer
    to her as a friend to keep these from ending up in a landfill. Most have survived. I now have 7, this one in bloom and 4 more spiking. I'll post those to try to identify when they open.
    Also, what is that little "mickey mouse" looking thing (how's that for orchidology terminology?) in the upper-center? It wasn't there a few days ago. Thanks

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    hi Bob, great work with the orchid rescue effort, i am not a Phal enthusiast but yours is a Phalenopsis, quite sure of that. in fact seems similar to a Phal amabilis. i will let other seniors in this forum to comment on this. i am just a beginner myself.

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    It wont be amabilis, especially if it is a store phal. The bloom doesnt look like the right shape. Sorry, i cant help with ID, because there are hundreds of thousands of phal hybrids out there. That little "thing" you have found on your orchid is the pollinia. These are the equivilant to pollen on standard plants, except the pollen is in little wax sacks. Remove this, and the flower will think its been polinated, and collapse pretty quick. you must have knocked the pollen cap off at some point.

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    The plant had seven blooms. Each of the "pollinia" started turning dark, as it is in the photo, about a week ago. Now, 2 - 4 days after turning the blooms fall.
    It was in terrible shape 8 months ago, I didn't think it would survive.

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    That is usual. The blooms must have been nearing the end of their cycle. When they go black/dark, i find they are going mouldy and are no longer viable. This causes the bloom to terminate, so it is normal. Just keep the roots moist, not wet, and give it 60%sun to 40$ shade, and it should bloom again soon!

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    Good for you, Bob the Rescue Man! Hey, I'd call someone a friend, too, if I got free orchids out of the deal!! Anybody need a friend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Good for you, Bob the Rescue Man! Hey, I'd call someone a friend, too, if I got free orchids out of the deal!! Anybody need a friend?
    I always have room for Orchids ........ooops I mean friends...... lol

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