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Just one of those "out of curiosity" questions

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    Default Just one of those "out of curiosity" questions

    About a month ago, I posted a pic of my Dar. Fuchs Cream Puff x Asctm. miniatum in bloom. I had noticed that it had spiked from the same leaf axil from whence it had spiked the time before. Hence the following question: Is it common for vandaceous orchids to spike more than once (either at the same time or on different occasions) from the same leaf axil?

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    I've only been growing vandas a couple of years but I've never seen one bloom twice from the same leaf axil.

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    My vanda luzonica and denisoniana including lilacina as posted by Cathy is quite common phenomena to see them more than one spike for each season especially when the plants very strong.

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    interesting, thanks for asking this and the info in responses

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    Two spikes from one axil on a vandaceous orchid is probably equivalent to a branch spike on a Phal, just branching from so close ot the base of the spike that it isn't easily observed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    About a month ago, I posted a pic of my Dar. Fuchs Cream Puff x Asctm. miniatum in bloom. I had noticed that it had spiked from the same leaf axil from whence it had spiked the time before. Hence the following question: Is it common for vandaceous orchids to spike more than once (either at the same time or on different occasions) from the same leaf axil?
    No it's very uncommon, if at all, for a vanda to spike from the same leaf axil.Many moons ago, Roy posed a similar question and I answered that what might appear to be to be a spike from the same axil was actually a spike from another axil but somehow 'rerouted' by some obstacle, to emerge from apparently the same leaf axil of the previous blooms. On closer inspection Roy confirmed that that was actually what had happened to his 'same-axil' spike. This phenomenon occurs on stems whose nodes are quite close together. BUT who knows oddities in nature occur frequently enough to make a mockery of generalisation. Of course for curiosity's sake you might do some minor surgery to make sure.

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