Thanks so much for your response- I appreciate your observations. The plant was purchased from folks that sell the hydro supplies and orchids. here is a better picture of the botton of the pot. This is a better shot-does that look like the pots you arre familiar with?
I have a couple of vandas that are in vases right now and they look cool and are happy- but I am thinking ahead to vacation time and being gone a week. Those vase vandas won't do well without their daily drink..I may use this medium for them an also that kind of pot since they need to be dry between drinks.
Let me know what you think about the pot.
Barbados- wow! I'll bet your orchids love the climate there!