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Very keen to know what this is!

This is a discussion on Very keen to know what this is! within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Bought this November 2013 from a roadside stall and the only information from the seller ...

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    Default Very keen to know what this is!

    Bought this November 2013 from a roadside stall and the only information from the seller was that it had white flowers... looking forward to the flowers opening so I will hopefully be able to ID it! Anyone have any ideas?

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    It looks like Neofinetia falcata (日本風蘭). Mine is in spike, will be flowering in one month's time.

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    Thanks! That was fast! Is it the recent wet and humid weather which brings on the spikes?

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    Great growing! I see 3 spikes on it! And some good roots too.

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    Found the answer (from Wikipedia) which I find fascinating especially the bit about growing on deciduous trees and getting lots of light in winter!:

    "N. falcata usually grows as an epiphyte on the branches and trunks of deciduous trees. This means the plants receive high levels of light during the months of winter and early spring (2000~3600 fc.), an important factor in the number of blooms produced. The orchids grow at angles to their branches, which allows water to drain away quickly after rains, thus avoiding bacterial rot. Numerous whitish roots grow from base of the plant, anchoring it to its base and collecting nutrients washed down from above. These roots are accustomed to excellent air movement. An adult in an optimal situation will produce numerous offsets.

    Within N. falcata's range summer temperatures average between 26-31C. during the day and 18-23C. at night. Average humidity is 80-85% in summer, and about 75% during the rest of the seasons. Plants receive heaviest rainfall during East Asian rainy season: June and July in southern Japan. Blooming time is usually synchronized with the monsoon, although plants may very occasionally bloom as late as December.
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    Great growing! I see 3 spikes on it! And some good roots too.
    4 spikes actually! Not by any expertise on my part - more because we have the right weather conditions for it being in East Asia!

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    Looks lovely. I wish there were road side stalls that sell this sized plants. keep us posted on how it goes.

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    It is not the pure species N. falcata but a hybrid with some ascocentrum. The spur length of Neofinetia is very long.

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    I think the spurs are getting longer....

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    I am so jealous right now. Lovely.

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    The spurs are now extremely long! Looking forward to the flowers opening - wonder how long more?

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