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Which species phal is which? ID help, please!

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    Question Which species phal is which? ID help, please!

    I just received two new species phals in the mail, and I'm so excited! They are from overseas, and they arrived in perfect condition. One is a Lobbii, and the other is a Wilsonii. In the midst of my delight in unwrapping them, I realized that the plants had no tags. I have NO IDEA which is which, and I'm hoping you folks could help me out.

    Here are the plants happily soaking in their rehydration bath.
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    Both plants were listed as "blooming size," and both were described as "mini phals" by the seller. The plant on the left has two small, narrow leaves that are somewhat thin, and lots of roots, which are skinny, floppy, and sort of spaghetti-like in nature. They are very flexible and not particularly "plump," but they are healthy and very green.

    The plant on the right has rounder leaves that are much firmer and feel more like the leaves of a violacea of even a small noid hybrid. The roots on this plant are plumper, rounder and shorter, and they more resemble the roots of a traditional phal.

    Here they are potted up in my "happy phal" mix, which is a custom mix that I put together that my phals really, really like. They are in the same orientation as the earlier photo. The pots are 4" wide at the top.

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    Could anyone give me a clue as to which one of these is the Lobbii and which is the Wilsonii?
    Please weigh in with your thoughts! I'm dying to tag these little guys!!

    Thanks, friends!!

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    Hi Jenn, both of these species are quite similar in size and growth habit, so telling them apart without seeing them in bloom is not that straight forward, particularly with young seedlings. I have a gut feeling that the larger one is Phal. lobii, not because of the size (the other seedling seems to be younger and that's why it's smaller) but rather because it has fewer and thicker roots and because of the overall shape of the leaves, which seems more rounded. If I remember correctly, Phal. wilsonii has slightly more elongated leaves and a larger root system, which also coincides with the smaller seedling have more and longer roots. If there are any specialist phal growers on the forum who grow both of these species, they will hopefully be able to give you more accurate advice than me.

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