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Sympodial Orchid Identification

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    Default Sympodial Orchid Identification

    Hello! I received this orchid from a friend in Florida and I can't identify it. It is sympodial, with just 2 leaves on each growth. Other than that, it closely resembles a mini phalenopsis. The leaves range from 2-5" across and the flower isn't quite 2" across. Can anyone tell me what it is?
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    It's a multiflora (aka "mini") Phalaenopsis. The additional growths are basal keikis. As far as a specific hybrid name, that would be impossible to know since so many are similar.

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    Thanks, Susan! That makes perfect sense. Is it best to leave the keiki's with the main plant or should I separate them?

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    I generally leave them unless there is a reason to separate them. Last year I did have a Phal. mannii that had a basal keiki that was getting squashed by a larger growth. Since it had its own root system I removed it and it established itself quite well.

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    Thanks Susan for your help!!

    It is a lovely looking phal bloom, Kate. Lucky you! I hope you get several spikes of blooms in the future.

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    Agreed, BD, that would make me very happy, too! Along with this plant, I received a couple of dendrobiums and what appear to be some oncidiums. Time will tell! I do love an orchid surprise.

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