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orchid identification needed

This is a discussion on orchid identification needed within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; When I was hiking up a road I passed this yard and saw this orchid ...

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    Default orchid identification needed

    When I was hiking up a road I passed this yard and saw this orchid plant. The flower stem is 4-5 feet long with lots of side branches. The woman who lived there said the flowers are purplish. She gave me a nicely rooted plant and would really like to know what this plant is? It is probably an older, no longer in style plant, but these are the ones I really like to have in the yard as they require very little upkeep. And although this is not my yard, we grow orchids outside all over too. This morning I returned to her house with a plant of my own which she did not have and she gave me I think 10 more old fashioned plants that I did not have.
    So would be nice to tell her the name of the first one she gave me, because when I return (with my donations) I will be able to tell her what it is!
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    Probably a vanda of some type.

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    I'm thinking this is more of a Renanthera or a cross of it... very nice orchid garden!

    -PM

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    Hi Pat! Good to see you!! I hope all is well.

    Cheers,
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    Maybe a bamboo orchid? A friend brought me one from Hawaii. She said they are one of the first plants to colonize on lava flows there.

    Good to have you back, Pat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmai View Post
    Maybe a bamboo orchid? A friend brought me one from Hawaii. She said they are one of the first plants to colonize on lava flows there.

    Good to have you back, Pat!

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    Definitely not an Arundina. The foliage of the "bamboo orchid" resembles tall grass or corn stalk.

    The plant pictured appears to be closer (physically) to a vandaceous group or maybe an old world epidendrum.

    ~John

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    Definitely not an Arundina. The foliage of the "bamboo orchid" resembles tall grass or corn stalk.

    The plant pictured appears to be closer (physically) to a vandaceous group or maybe an old world epidendrum.

    ~John
    Ah. You are right. I was looking at the wrong thing in the picture. Lovely garden!

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    It's a renanthera cross of some type...

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    Thanks BD and Tami! It's been a while, but I am finally situated at a Naval Base here in Chicago...

    Ah, I was looking at the wrong orchid too! Is it the tall thing that looks like a stick? I'd have no idea then... :P

    -PM

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