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Sigh. Please tell me this isn't what I think it is...

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    Default Sigh. Please tell me this isn't what I think it is...

    I had originally hoped that these purple marks were pigment from high sunlight on the new growth, especially since this Catt has purple in the flower and purple root tips. But the leaf is nearly mature and I would think that marks from sunlight would have faded by now.

    The plant is a very vigorous grower, not sickly, but I don't like the looks of these spots. SO, I'm looking for a judgment from the experts - is this the dreaded V-word? :

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    Looks like it is in very high sunlight levels...which is good. When you see this coloring it's a good sign you will get flowers when it is time. Some plants bloom at a particular time of year and will not bloom until then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Looks like it is in very high sunlight levels...which is good. When you see this coloring it's a good sign you will get flowers when it is time. Some plants bloom at a particular time of year and will not bloom until then.
    Thanks Connie, that is a relief. I was (obviously) starting to panic a bit!

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    I agree that it doesn't look like a virus to me. A maroon color is usually associated with high light levels. I have quite a few orchids with that coloring on them.

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    If you are really worried, you could take a cutting from the youngest leaf and send it in for virus testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    If you are really worried, you could take a cutting from the youngest leaf and send it in for virus testing.
    Thanks to everyone for the replies! I was really just hoping for some additional opinions, especially since there seems to be so much virus paranoia when it comes to orchids. If this plant starts to act sickly (this lead alone has 6 new roots going) I will definitely have it tested. In the meantime, I'll just hope for blooms and for the magenta spots to fade!

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    One observation for the first picture is that the markings are symmetrical. Did the leaf get pinched or squeezed? Also, because the shoot looks young, this could have happened while smaller and be harder to remember. Otherwise, it looks like mechanical damage and not viral.

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    There was no mechanical damage that I am aware of and as you can see the back of the leaf is unharmed. This lead started growing over the winter, so perhaps getting cold overnight had something to do with it? As far as the second picture, that streak down the back does line up perfectly with the 'dew' that the leaf was generating as it was growing (this is the deweyest plant I've ever had), which would sometimes run down the back along that line. So, it's possible that dew caused a bit of sunburn, but I'm just not sure...

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