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Need help to ID this fragrant orchid plant.

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    Default Need help to ID this fragrant orchid plant.

    I got this plant from the Sunday market because I was attracted to its fragrance. At first I thought this was a type of coelogyne because the pseudobulbs resemble it. Pseudobulbs are long and oval. I couldn't find a photo of it on the net anywhere including the old reference book of Philippine orchids that I have. I tried looking under Dendrochilums and Eria but still not successful.

    Can anyone help me out on this one?

    Sorry for the crappy photos. I took the picture with my old iphone and under plain houselights so its kind of dark.

    It's very, very fragrant.

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    I can't help...but it looks lovely and fragrance is always good!

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    Jojo if you can focus the individual flower may somebody can help, very interesting.

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    It looks like a huge plant. But I agree, a better sharp picture would help. For now I would stick with an Encyclia or a sort of Polystachia
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    Can't really tell from the photos but perhaps coelogyne multiflora?

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    Wondering if this could be an .. Eria ?

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    Hi Jojo,
    looks like a Pholidota ventricosa.

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    Thanks guys for the help but it seems no strike yet.

    Paphio - couldn't be a Coelogyne multiflora as that species isn't endemic to the Philippines I think. Though I saw a photo of the plant and it looks wonderful! How I wish it could have been the one. It resembles the plant very much but the flowers are different.

    Ron - I don't think its a pholidota ventricosa. The flowers are not all white. Looking at the flower though a magnifying lens, I see that very near the lip is the pollinia so bright yellow and so clearly seen. On the very edge of its lip there is a hint of brown lining the edge just on the front.
    The flower fragrance is nice for me.

    This is still a challenge for me to identify. Wally where are you? Maybe you can help my good friend? S.O.S.!

    I'll try to take a better photograph if I can borrow a good digital cam from my office. I just hope that the flowers will still be there on the plant.

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    Hey guys it's me again.

    I think I stand corrected .... after surfing the net and looking and comparing so many photos, I have a feeling that I think that Ron (Waling-waling) might be correct. It's just that most of the photos I've seen on the net have flowers that are nearly pure white with (almost) no markings at all. Mine isn't that all pure white.

    Then I stumbled on this site : http://orchids.la.coocan.jp/Pholidot...a/DSC04006.JPG and after looking closely at the photo the flower more or less resembles the one I have. So maybe it is indeed a Pholidota ventricosa after all.

    Although on the IOSPE website there is no indication that the flower is fragrant. My flowers are very fragrant so I still have some doubts as to the real identity of the plant .... though as for now, it appears that it is a pholidota from appearance.

    Still confused ....

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    It looks like kind of Geodorum in my eyes. Eagerly to see a sharp picture of its flowers.

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