I think that is an iris rather than an orchid. I believe it is a Walking Iris (Neomarica northiana)... Picture of Nun Orchid (Phaius tancarvilleae) at this link.
Hope that helps!
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This is a discussion on Nun Orchid's name within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I received this orchid as a gift yesterday...said its a nun orchid...but I can't find ...
I received this orchid as a gift yesterday...said its a nun orchid...but I can't find more information... someone know the real name?
Yes it is a Walking Iris not an orchid.
Correct - Neomarica gracilis or northiana - it's really hard to tell them apart. They are native to sandy river banks Mexico down throughBrazil.
Once the flower drops (very quickly, I'm afraid), a new plant will grow from that point, and having developed enough mass, will bow over and root, and the process will repeat until it takes over a large area, hence the "walking" iris. Some also call it the Apostle Plant, as it supposedly must have 12 leaves for it to bloom.
Thanks so much ....
Ray, thanks for the informative post - was wondering why they had the "walking" prefix!