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Phalaenopsis flower spike(?) emerging from centre of leaves?

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    Default Phalaenopsis flower spike(?) emerging from centre of leaves?

    Is this what I think it is? It looks like a flower spike emerging from the centre of the plant, next to the newly emerging leaf tip.

    Is this a common thing? I have not seen it before. This particular Phal flowered in the usual way last year, with a spike emerging from below the second leaf.






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    That isn't coming from the center, but from below at least the youngest leaf, so it isn't a terminal spike. But I wouldn't be surprised if it is actually coming from lower on the plant and just didn't find the most direct path out. It doesn't look quite like a normal spike though so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. Please post some more pics as it develops.

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    No, not a terminal spike, but strange none-the-less. I hope you will share more photos to show its progression.

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    Six days later...


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    ...and after 4 more weeks...



    Also interesting that this spike initiated at the start of Summer.

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    And here's the final result. Very nice, and very normal!

    Except that last flower doesn't seem to want to open - perhaps because it's early Autumn here and it's an unusual time to be flowering.


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    Beautiful color! Looks like Dtps. Queen Beer.

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    I was thinking that! I actually have it labelled "Queen Beer ??" ! It was a NOID gift.

    Thing is, I heard that Queen Beer is fragrant(?). This one isn't.

    The flowers are on the smaller side. Not minis. More medium-ish.

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    Might be a 'Queen Beer' hybrid. Many hybrids tend to lose their scent unless both parents are scented. Most breeding is done for color and shape.

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