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Weird little yellow orchid

This is a discussion on Weird little yellow orchid within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I got this orchid from a sidewalk vendor, I saw his Phalaenopsis Amabilis but they ...

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    Default Weird little yellow orchid

    I got this orchid from a sidewalk vendor, I saw his Phalaenopsis Amabilis but they were so expensive that I asked for a seedling or non blooming plant instead. And so, this was what I got. I was cheated! I was told that it's a seedling of Phalaenopsis Amabilis, that's why it looked quite small. But months after, more and more babies are coming out of the mother plant, and the leaves never grow bigger, so I confirmed that it's not the phal that I wanted. But still, I took good care of it. And now it bloomed! The flowers are small, only 1" in length. light yellow in color.

    This is actually the 2nd bloom already. The weird thing is...the buds took so long to form and when it finally opened, it lasted for a few hours only. and the flowers only open once, during early morning, and when it's already late in the morning, the flowers will close and drop. These 2nd blooms come from the same spike as the 1st blooms.

    Although I was cheated, I got this extraordinary weird orchid.

    Jenn
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    Pictures above were taken at 8am this morning. This recent picture were taken at 5pm of the same day. Flowers are all closed already...
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    well i cant tell you WHAT its species is, but its definitly a phal...but you already knew that. a very interesting phal too....congrats! or not, depending how you look at the situation.....

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    I'll take the congratulations! At least I have this "special" phal. It's unfair to not love this plant because of its characteristics. Still happy with it.

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    It is a very special plant! interesting that its blooms only last a few hours though......Our native Thelymitras (google images ) usually last only one or two days.....

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    Very pretty blooms, so sad they only last a short while. I'd say congrats though, a very interesting orchid

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    The plant and flowering behavior is more like thrixpermum..maybe.

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    Really cool orchid and blooms. I would keep it too!!

    Cheers,
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    Jenn, you plant is without a doubt Pteroceras unguiculatum- actually many people mistake them for a Phalaenopsis (in fact in the late 1800's it was even called Phalaenopsis ruckeri), but the longer stems of this Pteroceras betrays its identity. And as what you already have noticed, the blooms last only around 10 am but are very sweetly fragrant. Expect another batch of flowers as the rachis elongates further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. suarez View Post
    Jenn, you plant is without a doubt Pteroceras unguiculatum- actually many people mistake them for a Phalaenopsis (in fact in the late 1800's it was even called Phalaenopsis ruckeri), but the longer stems of this Pteroceras betrays its identity. And as what you already have noticed, the blooms last only around 10 am but are very sweetly fragrant. Expect another batch of flowers as the rachis elongates further.
    Thank you Wally!

    Cheers,
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