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Mystery mini Orchid - help with ID

This is a discussion on Mystery mini Orchid - help with ID within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I bought this little fellow the other day with Maura at a local nursery. It ...

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    Default Mystery mini Orchid - help with ID

    I bought this little fellow the other day with Maura at a local nursery. It was in bud, such as it was, and was so tiny he just looked like someone needed to take him home. All the other minis that I bought were very well labelled an documented, except this one.

    I hope these photo's will help somebody help ID it for me and as a bonus share some culture advice as well.

    Thank you for your time and interest and for the help.
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    Philip, it looks for me like Chroniochilus virescens. How long last the bloom?

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    Cute bugger whatever it is. That looks like a very sweet mount the plant is on.

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    Thanks y'all so much for the kind words. He is a cutie isn't he. Mietek thanks for the name. The bloom only lasted a day, maybe two. It appeared to be a white bud, but either it turned yellow or bloomed that way. I couldn't say as the whole thing came and went like lightning. Thanks again, I appreciate the help. Maybe the short blooming time will give you some insight into exactly what the plant is.

    Thank you again

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    Very nice little orchid addition. Glad you got the name too.

    cheers,
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    Maybe its Ceratocentron feselli , My plant has flowers which are yellow as they develop and only turn orange when quite fully open.
    Dimensions might help sort it out .

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    Thank you kindly. Although the inflorescence isn't with us any longer, I just took some measurements of the leaves which will give you some sense of scale. The longest leaf on the right side of the plant is very nearly 3cm. Going across the two longest leaves is 5.5cm. The small leaf you can barely notice is the top photo, appearing to cone toward the lens, is 2cm. I didn't measure the flower. I wrongly thought it would last a bit longer than a day and a half.Thank you for the name and for taking the time to respond.

    I read your other posts, have some read to me by my wife, Maura. Big fan here. I've seen some exquisite photographs of yours in a publication that I refrain from naming so as not to possibly violate forum policy. At any rate, as a serious amateur myself, I commend your skill. I would imagine that those were taken with film, transparencies I would guess. A fine job, thank you.

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    Looking further, I think my guess is a better one, since Chroniochilus has apically bilobed leaves ( per IOSPE); Ceratocentron has simple leaf shape , not bilobed - pointed in fact - which is what I see on your plant.
    Thanks for your kind remarks Phillip - but in point of fact my last films were exposed 10 years ago when I did an expedition to an "unexplored" area at that time (it had been out-of-bounds due to supposed land-mines for very many years ) and shot 35 x 36 exposures of Fujifilm - and looked at the cost and decided to go wholly digital .
    I did had my first digicam in the '90s( producing 1/4 mb pics for my website - back in the days of dial-up before broadband) which was certainly not good enough for serious photography, At the beginning of the century, the first 1 megapixel Nikon cost US$1500 in UK. But by 2002, I bought a 3 Megapixel camera for the same - but still ouch ! The most recent and probably last big Nikon I will buy
    ( 14 Mp) still cost about the same - that's real progress.
    But all my pics have been digital since 2002.

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    I appreciate your interest and time looking at this plant. Thank you very kindly. It is a tough one to find much information on. It appears to be in the
    Aerangis neighborhood, but I certainly could be wrong.

    Said publication date is 2003, published in NY and if those images were taken with a 2 Megapixal camera then megapixals means nothing at all. Professional quality photographs and amazing things done using aperture/depth of field. 2 megapixal ah, then my 10 megapixal D200 is much overkill. I like not having any development costs, but miss film and still, on occasion shoot film in Mamiya medium format. No immediate look, but much gratification when developed correctly. Most B/W, but some Fugichrome 50 for color transparencies. Yes the development costs are definitely there. Couldn't use that to take the number of shots I take with my trusty old D200.

    Thank you again for the information and your time.

    Phillip C

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