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    hi all, i'm new here. I'm glad to be able to join everyone with a common hobby.

    I am posting an unknown pic of wild orchid which i picked up from a road side that has fallen from a rotten tree branch.That was about 10 weeks ago.Today i was surprise to see it blooms,and another one is coming ( centre of photo )The leaves are still unhealthy,bugs bite or due to the hot weather. Anywhere it is a good sign it's coming alive. Can someone help to id, please







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    Welcome to OrchidTalk, Robert! It looks to me like you have a dendrobium. It always amazes me to see a plant that is so beat up produce something so beautiful like the blooms you have there. I bet someone here will be able to help more with the identification. Enjoy and good growing!

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    Dear Robert,

    From the look of the spike and where you picked up this orchid, I would incline to say the plant is Dendrobium secundum (the Toothbrush Orchid). The flowers appear to grow mostly on one side of the inflorescence (hence "secund" or an imaginative layman term: "toothbrush"). An unambiguous and positive identification would require a picture of the flowers when they open. It would help us to make better judgement if the picture shows the flowers directly (not on the side, although in this case, it did help me). There is at least another Dendrobium with similar spike structure, flower shape, and color; Dend. pseudoglomeratum, however, the flowers of this species are scented.

    It is a vigorous dendrobium and would be a joy for you to have. Have fun with the plant!

    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Wow, wild orchids falling from trees... sigh... such a lovely thought. Great save Robert. By the way, WELCOME to the forum!

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    Welcome to the forum Robert You are lucky ,the only thing that falls here is rain or snow lol . Nice find ! Gin

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    Hi everyone,thanks for the response.

    Tony the plant is indeed Toothbrush orchid. A friend who own one has the same flower.

    It is very common to come across such specie hanging on rotting tree branches on mountain road, often neglected by common folks that had fallen on roadside. I picked it up thinking it was a common one with white flower, the flower blooms and falls off the next day. I am lucky.Thanks for the id again..Robert

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    It seems that some orchids need to appear near death to produce amazing flowers. Great side road find.

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    Pretty Plant!

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    Tony, finally all the flowers have open up and it really look like Tooth Brush
    There are many small red ants running about to and fro, look so busy




    Robert

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    Very beautiful bloom, Robert!!! Congrat!
    Happy Holidays!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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