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Help with the Genus ID of this plant

This is a discussion on Help with the Genus ID of this plant within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I went to a yard sale of Orchid plants this morning. My Orchid addict friend ...

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    Default Help with the Genus ID of this plant

    I went to a yard sale of Orchid plants this morning. My Orchid addict friend is relocating and is selling off her plants. I left there (reluctantly) with 8 large speciemen plants and two smaller Dens. by which time I had broken the bank LOL.
    The plant pictured here had lost its tag, but the flowers were so beautiful, and blooms prolifically so I bought it anyway. My friend tells me that she remembers (or thinks so) that the grex was something like "Chocolate Drop", and the Genus started with Epi. something. It is clearly in the catt. alliance.
    Can anyone pin it down for me.
    Many thanks.
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    Looks familiar but other than confirming it definitely looks like it has Chocolate Drop in its ancestry, I can be of no help.

    Lovely acquisition.






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    Yup, definitely a Cattlianthe chocolate drop hybrid. Can you post a picture of the plant as well, it might help us ID ing the other parent.

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    Thanks Amey
    Here is the whole plant. I have not had the chance to clean it up as yet. The blooms that I posted were on my friends plant, but as you can see I have 2 spikes comiing.
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    the spike is so long i would say and Epicattlianthe??? or such and yes Chocolate Drop is in fact quite evident in the breeding!!

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    There is nothing about this plant, flower, spike, etc. that indicates it is anything other than Cattlianthe Chocolate Drop. You can never say 100% with a hybrid identification, but at least there is no sign of Epi anything there. If it had an Epi name at one time it was a mistake.

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    I have Chocolate Drop 'Kodama', and the whole thing looks somehow 'softer' to me than my plant. It may well be just growing conditions and a different cultivar, but mine has more erect pseudobulbs with proportionately shorter straighter leaves, spikes buds are proportionately smaller to the plant and more generally of them per spike and not drooping on spike, and the flowers are more tightly star shaped and from the photo yours look to have less substance. The resemblance is strong though.

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    (Don't mind me, just lurking and droooooooooooling...Angela, it is divine, lovely everything about her, congratulations!)

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    Default Re; Help with the Genus. Please have another look

    I posted a thread with pix. 10/31/12. The colour of the blooms in those Pix. were a little off.

    Spikes on my plant have now opened and are 4 days old. As you can see the colour is diffrent.
    Have another look and see whether the new colour gives you any better idea as to what it is. I am particularlly interested in, most of all, knowing the Genus because it has such long and thin Psbs. The first PIc. was taken today, the second one was from my first post.
    Hope I am not being a total nuisance.
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