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Orchid Mystery Solved

This is a discussion on Orchid Mystery Solved within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I posted some time ago about a vanda I saved from a local retail plant ...

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    Default Orchid Mystery Solved

    I posted some time ago about a vanda I saved from a local retail plant outlet (aka The Orchid Terminator!). I paid just a few dollars and thought it may be worth the trouble to take on a "project".

    Now that I have bloomed it, I've found it isn't a vanda but an Angreacum Longiscott 'Lea' AM/AOS!!! There were many correct guess by folks on this list. Yesterday I was in the same retail store and found another one with a plant tag. It also is in bloom but not in good condition.

    Enjoy!
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    why? our local retail outlets in Arlington/Alexandria never have anything that interesting!!

    lucky you, and good growing! luck and a green thumb are great things to have.

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    sweet! congrats on blooming an unknown!

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    Nice score! Congrats... great growing!

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    That is awesome! What luck in finding something so unique for a few bucks! Those blooms make the risk of getting an unknown well worth it! I am glad you finally got the name!


    Cheers!
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    That is sweet! I love the dangly doo dads. I need a lesson in terminology .

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    the "dangly do-dads" are known as spurs...they are a hollow tube formed from the back of the lip and have nectar in the last few millimeters. Night-flying moths are attracted to the scent and have to really dig their long tongues down into the spur to get at the nectar...this forces their faces against the column, allowing the flower to either deposit or receive pollinia, as the case may be.

    Great score, slipperhead! BTW, it should become fragrant at night (or some time of the day...hybrids can be strange about their fragrance schedules).

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    That *is* a great score, and nice work on the rescuing and blooming of it. You could never find an Angraecum at any of the retail outlets around here either.

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    Nice! Was it a 'bag orchid,' by any chance? Sometimes my local Home Despot has some pretty unusual bag babies.

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    Default Bag Orchid???

    I don't know what a "bag orchid" is...

    BTW, I went to the same retail outlet today and found another Longiscott in bloom hidden under a bottom shelf in an area away from the orchids. This group now has a clearance area where out of bloom orchids are sold for $2-, $3.-, or $4.99 each. I'm watching an $80 Phrag. Sourceror's Apprentice for when it goes to clearance. It is almost out of bloom! They currently have TONS of phals in the clearance area!

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