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Unknown orchid - naming help requested

This is a discussion on Unknown orchid - naming help requested within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Well folks at long last this plant has decided to open the flowers for me ...

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    Default Unknown orchid - naming help requested

    Well folks at long last this plant has decided to open the flowers for me to admire, I said in a different post when it had put out the spike that I did not care what kind of bee orchid it was just as long as it was a bee. I then said it was the Cedros Bee --that is what we call it here, not this one though, so I have taken this pic to share with you but let me know your thoughts on the name please(u know I am big on naming whenever possible) ThanksName:  CIMG0542a.jpg
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    Could you post a picture of your plant by itself? Sometimes seeing the leaves will help determine what you have. For starters, it is in the Oncidium alliance. If it has grass like tall leaves, it will be one kind....if it has tough leathery leaves shaped like a mules ear it will be another type. And other than growing information, you wont get much even knowing which class it is in. Often when I get home and discover I have gotten a no name, I make up a cute name for it so it helps to remember where and when it was bought.

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    there are just two leaves on the plant that are about eighteen inches long with some purple looking spots on them the leaves are thick too, I have had to strap the leaves to the piece of wood because the breeze had them bent and looking as if they would break off

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    Oncidium Luridum :-Well good news, I got in touch with someone who is connected with our Orchid society here and when I described this orchid to him he said that it is an Oncidium Luridum or our local name "Brown Bee"

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    My first thought when I saw the pictures was Oncidium luridum (also known as Trichocentrum luridum and Lophiaris lurida), though the flowers of this species are quite variable, they seem a bit too yellow/green in your pictures, so I could be wrong with the ID. Trichocentrum luridum normally has flowers that are more brown than yellow or green.

    Trichocentrums are mule ear oncidium that needs a fair amount of heat and light to be happy. The plants have single leaves that are large, thick and have no noticeable pseudobulbs. The flower spikes of Trichocentrum luridum are very long, up to 2.5 m (around 8 feet) on mature plants, whereas many other species have much shorter spikes that are only one or two feet long. All of the species are best grown mounted or in hanging baskets to allow for extremely good drainage, though in tropical climated they can also be grown in pots as long as you allow the plants to dry out between waterings. I know from personal experience that most mule ear oncidiums do not thrive or survive for long under cool to intermediate conditions and they are fairly difficult to grow under northern, temperate conditions unless you have a nice hot greenhouse. They are best left for those who can grow them in tropical or semitropical climates.

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    Thanks Tony for the info, I really do hope that it is what I was told it is, does not really matter which oncid it is I love how the flowers look including the colors, the spike is about two feet long with three branches of flowers each carrying about twelve flowers or so and I had to prop it up on the top of the hook the plant hangs on, yes the leaves are just two but I saw roots and a new leaf coming up out of the coconut fibre tied on to the wood, I have a smaller plant and that is in a hanging basket in wood chips and putting out a new leaf and roots, if you describe the leaves and flower spikes of this particular orchid as being so long right now I do not see that at all, would that happen as the plant gets older? I have the plants in an area that gets lots of sun for about half the day and the sun is extremely hot, most of my orchids are in that area too as it is also cool at night but when I got it from up in a tree there was no sun there but shade and cool breeze, the person who told me that name may come by to see them, he is one of the senior members of the Orchid Society here, Thanks again

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    Hi every one I thought I would come and post the orchid in full bloom to share how the flowers are looking right now, in a book that I have dealing with orchids in the Caribbean they suggest that it is the Onc. Lanceanum and described the foliage and the length of the flower spike of that particular species, though the flowers that in this one does not even match their description, so maybe there are a variety of colors, also the description that Connie had given with the other one which is certainly not this one, so as I am a bit confused I will just go with a plain old oncid, until someone can really identify it for me. Name:  CIMG0574a.jpg
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