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What is this???

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    Default What is this???

    I've never seen this before & don't know if it's good or bad. My Pot. Little Toshie has this white stuff inside the lip on one bloom, but not the other...
    The plant looks fine & the bloom seems normal except the "stuff" in it.
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    Can you try to see if the white stuff can be easily removed from the flower? or is it actually part of the flower?

    If it can be removed, perhaps it is fungal in nature? Maybe a spore made it to the flower's throat and decided its a perfect place to spawn.

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    It looks like fungus to me... I would remove whole flower...

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    We have had alot of mushrooms popping up in the yard these last 2 weeks.......

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    Your orchid has strep throat !!!!
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    Flower removal, while depressing, would probably be a good precautionary measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valb561 View Post
    We have had alot of mushrooms popping up in the yard these last 2 weeks.......
    Thats probably it.
    We have quite a few mushrooms sprouting all over our backyard the past few days. All it took was a couple of days with cloud cover and light drizzle and it is suddenly fungus spawning season.

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    I was guessing insect?? Could be a fungus or a slime mold instead, but if so it is an odd one. Maybe an Entomopthora type thing that came in on an insect.

    Mushrooms in your yard will not infect a flower, although they may indicate that conditions are good for other fungi. Most yard mushrooms are important mycorrhizal symbionts with your trees, less often thatch decomposers, or rarely root parasites.

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    It looks alot like cottony cushion scale to me....I had a Hoya that looked like that with cc scale

    mare

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    I am just glad I don't have it. Mealies were enough for me!!!

    Good luck.

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