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Please help identify this vanda(?)-type orchid

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    Default Please help identify this vanda(?)-type orchid

    So my elderly aunt has a lot of orchids, and lately has not been up to her usual maintenance, so I have been doing a lot of raiding, I mean, rescuing of her neglected plants when I go to visit. In April, she gave me this cutting, the name and type of which she could not remember. All she could tell me is that she thinks the bloom is yellow. I mounted it on this cassia tree in my back yard on 4/10/15. It is facing west so gets a lot of sun pretty much all day. Seems to be doing well so far, two nice big new roots coming out and the top three leaves are new. Not sure what's up with the black spots, are they something to be concerned about? Treatment?

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    My only 'vandaceous' types with that compact style of leaves would be Renanthera Kalsom, or perhaps Trichoglottis brachiata which has similar growth. The blooms on those two are bright red (on the Ren.), and burgundy on the Trichoglottis. Usually, it is difficult to identify without blooms, but based on the compact growth, and the way the leaves attach to the stem, I suspect yours is a trichoglottis.

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    Trichoglottis brachiata (atropurpurea) was my first thought when I saw the picture. The shape of the leaf tip and the pattern of root growth both look like a good match. Flowers will be necessary to be certain.

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    Thanks so much. I know it's hard to ID without flowers, but I just thought someone might have an idea based on the leaves.

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    I visited my aunt's house earlier today, and the mother plant that I got my cutting from is in bloom. Based on pics that I've been seeing recently, it does look like Trichoglottis brachiata. I can't wait for my little one to bloom (in a year or so I'm guessing)!

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    Very beautiful.

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