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Nun Orchid's name

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 ...

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    Question Nun Orchid's name

    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?

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    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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    Yes it is a Walking Iris not an orchid.

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    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.

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    Thanks so much ....

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    Ray, thanks for the informative post - was wondering why they had the "walking" prefix!

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