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Chiloschista lunifera Alba

This is a discussion on Chiloschista lunifera Alba within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, So I'm sitting here wasting an afternoon by looking through different orchid databases ...

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    Hi everyone,
    So I'm sitting here wasting an afternoon by looking through different orchid databases and admiring the plants. I came upon one that only had the name and picture, with no additional information. What struck me about this plant were the leaves. I've never seen anything like them. Does anyone know anything about this plant? Where it's from? What type it is? What are those leaves about? I'll copy a picture of it into the thread so you can see what I'm talking about. Thanks,
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    or could those possibly be the roots?!?

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    That was my first thought also - they look like roots. There are some species of leafless orchids (the infamous 'Ghost orchid' is an example.) I don't know much about these weird types, however.

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    It is indeed one of those leafless (aka ghost) orchids. This species, I believe is from Thailand. Suddenly there is a glut of imports of these species in the US.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Chiloschista Lindley 1832 SUBFAMILY Epidendroideae, TRIBE Vandeae, SUBTRIBE Aeridinae.
    Seventeen to 23 small mostly leafless epiphytes make up this warm growing genus from India, S.E. Asia, Indonesia, and Australia. They are best mounted on wood or cork and need high humidity, moderate shade and regular water, but they like to dry out between waterings and, after growth has stopped, less water is required.
    Common Name or Meaning refers to the deep cleft in the lip
    Type Species = ! = Chiloschista usenoides [D.Don]Lindley 1832





    and heres the link




    http://www.orchidspecies.com/indexcattleyo.htm


    hope this helps

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