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Oerstedella or Epidendrum or ?

This is a discussion on Oerstedella or Epidendrum or ? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This plant was a gift, a tiny cutting given to me one year ago. It's ...

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    Question Oerstedella or Epidendrum or ?

    This plant was a gift, a tiny cutting given to me one year ago. It's growing nicely, several times bigger than the original cutting. It was one small cutting about 3 inches tall and is now 2 stems each more than one foot tall, and a 3rd one starting.

    Problem is my benefactor had no idea what it was, she thinks it's pink and that's all she knows.

    Originally I thought it would be a Cooktown Dendrobium / Vappodes - I know, there are thousands. I also have a reedstem Epidendrum and thought, "maybe" but it's not quite the same.

    On this forum I've seen Oerstedella, so I also did a search using google images. Some of the plant images from google are very similar, so that seems to me the most likely, although where she would find an Oerstedella I can't imagine.

    I'm wondering if that is a reasonable "wild guess" ID and if so, what can I do to encouarage bloom? It's clearly growing well. I keep in an undersized container, in a standard bark/perlite mix, feed weekly weakly with a balanced food, now just giving water or a bloom food depending on my mood. It is in a cool room, gloomy south window. Just keep doing what I'm doing? Continue feed? Let it dry out? Continue watering?
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    Looks to me like it's doing fine. Perhaps it will bloom, then a few of us MIGHT be able to identify what kind of orchid it is...Betty :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    Looks to me like it's doing fine. Perhaps it will bloom, then a few of us MIGHT be able to identify what kind of orchid it is...Betty :-)
    I endorse that.

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    Okay, i'll stick my ideas in... With the roots growing up the stalk i'm guessing either Trichoglottis or maybe Flos Aeris... Okay somebody smarter than me come on and help us out here. lol The leaves don't look right for a tricho...but I have a couple of the "scorpian" orchid types and it looks similar to those.

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    Thanks for the comments! Today while watering I noted a new keikei midway up the oldest stem. Not sure if that's a good sign, or a sign I need to cut back watering. I think I'll cut back watering for the midwinter, just enough to keep it alive. If I can be that disciplined!

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    it looks a bit like an epidendrum to me, but i have only two and they are ibagenuse i think....

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