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Renanthera, but which one?

This is a discussion on Renanthera, but which one? within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have a Renanthera coccinea. Yours looks like it. Imschootiana usually has lighter color and ...

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    I have a Renanthera coccinea. Yours looks like it. Imschootiana usually has lighter color and fewer flower,smaller size leaves and thinner stem than Renanthera coccinea

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    Whatever it is definitely a very pretty flowers like a blood, congrats Angela.

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    Looks like a hybrid to me. To really identify it we would need better pcitures and close-ups.

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    I do not think it is an imschootiana, but very pretty anyways. I think it is a hybrid. Below is a link to one of the pictures of my imschootiana which bloomed sometime back. Especially look at the characteristic spots of this species.


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    wanna bet its Renanthera coccinea???

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    Thanks to all of you who responded in trying to ID this Ren. Unfortunately, the flowers are now all gone so I don't have anything to compare your suggestions. The picture in my post is not close-up enough, so I'll have to wait until it blooms again.

    @ King Kjeld, I am leaning towards coccinea, but I am a little concerned that in some of the Internet Pic I see the top sepals (petals?) are spotted, and I cannot see this in my Pic.
    Thanks anyway.

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    Oh Angela this is like leaving off in a mystery novel at "It was a dark and stormy night". Sad to leave the Renanthera identification dangling like this! Better to change the ending of the story than leave it hanging. AL

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    Don't we all love to get into an argument about the name of a plant !
    The real problem is that the very concept of "species" does not always work very well with orchids.(and I am quoting no less an authority than the top man in the herbarium at Kew when I say this.
    Consider lions and tigers, no one is in any doubt ; there is nothing "looks like, but I'm not quite sure" with animals. But plants are different.
    I once spent a holiday in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, with the Keeper of the National Herbarium ther, who has written the flora for the island. In one lane, he saw 4 different species of orchids - I looked at the same plants and using a specialist flora written by a German chap whose name I forget (and I am too lazy to to go in my library and find the book) I saw more than a dozen species.
    It is so often, just a matter of opinion.
    But. Do keep on asking the questions - I do, too. It keeps us all on our toes, and betters our understanding. I am broad minded enough to agree (sometimes) that some one else has a better opinion than my own !

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