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Black leaf orchid - ID and instructions for care

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    Default Black leaf orchid - ID and instructions for care

    Hi everyone,
    I've recently been given this gift, and I've been told it's a rare orchid with beautiful flowers. I've never seen one with black leaves before, and have no idea what genus this plant is, and how to care for it.

    Advice is much appreciated.

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    Have not seen this before. Looks vandaceous.

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    Looks like a burnt, desiccated phalaenopsis to me. Never heard of a black leaf orchid........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jx3 View Post
    Looks like a burnt, desiccated phalaenopsis to me. Never heard of a black leaf orchid........
    I agree Jx3. I've never heard of one with black leaves. If it hadn't been for the fact the roots are still green and healthy, I would have left it as a dead plant.
    I've asked a couple of local experts, and they did think it's a phal, and it's very rare. They suggest that I continue to care for it the best I can, and see what it turns out to be.

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    Closest I have seen is Rhynchostylis gigantea red form where the leaves are almost dark maroon

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    With the longitudinal grooves in the leaves, it could actually be a type of rhynchostylis.

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    With the longitudinal grooves in the leaves, it could actually be a type of rhynchostylis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Closest I have seen is Rhynchostylis gigantea red form where the leaves are almost dark maroon
    Thank you for your input Ksriramkumar. Not that I doubt your finding, I googled and failed to find the name of this plant, which had dark maroon leaves.
    The plant that is in my possession does show deep maroon on its leaves.

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    No problems marcus. I could be wrong with my finding. I will share a picture of the plant I have. It has grown a bit and the maroon has become a bit lighter but was more darker when it was seedling some years back

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    I have been cautioned this plant is slow-growing, requiring much patience. How long did it take for your plant to grow?
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    Yes. Rhynchostylis gigantea is also a slow grower. I got mine as a flask in 2010 or so with about 10 plants . It was when I was not into orchids and bought it in Thailand airport when I was transiting. after 5 years, one plant is surviving and is doing reasonably ok.

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