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Chiloschista lunifera

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    A cute and fragrant (scent like some type of air freshener) leafless orchid that hails from somewhere in southern Asia. These are a member of the Vanda/Phalaenopsis alliance, consisting of a very abbreviated plant stem with multiple radiating roots that perform the majority of the photosynthesis. These will produce small leaves up to one inch long during active growth. During this same time, new roots will emerge along with re-activation of old root tips, adding to the length of the old roots. In fall, drier, cooler weather will prompt the plant to drop its temporary leaves and resume a leafless state. Grown int-warm and watered daily in my wardian case.

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    Shot of the majority of the spike (no apologies to Iris):


    Closer view of the flowers:

    enjoy!

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    thank you for posting,
    it's nice to learn about new and different orchids,
    other than just the "major genera".
    that's a nice looking mount,
    and it's obviously happy with all those cute blooms
    and fat roots.
    good job with this one.

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    I totally agree.

    Those miniature pouches are something else, too. Would never in a million years have guessed Vandaceous on this one from the flowers; even now, looking for similarities, I'm thinking maybe the roots share a Vanda "look and feel" to them.

    That's cool to know, Prem. Thanks.

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    well, the plant structure is pretty easy to see as monopodial in person. In fact, imagine taking a phalaenopsis, shrinking down the stem part between the leaves to just a few millimeters to a centimeter-or-so long and encouraging a lot of extra root growth. The leaves, when they emerge, do look like tiny phal leaves, completing the picture.

    Flower wise, there are many diverse flower shapes in the grand vanda/phalaenopsis/angraecum alliance.

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