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    We went back to Malaysia a few years ago and this orchid was growing wild outside. A relative said they got it and it looked dead. They left it outside next to an old chopped down coconut tree. Apparently it grew well and produced flowers.

    Here it is. Arne thinks it is a Vanda of some sort, possibly a hybrid. Any guesses?

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    I think there are many experts in this forum that can help us out.

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    I would say in the vanda family, from the bloom it looks like an Arachnis but have never seen that color so most likely a vanda / arachnis cross, also arachnis leaves are shorter again leading me to believe it's crossed with a vanda, all a guess on my part, I hope someone with more expertise can help you

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    Could be just a pure Arachnis species or hybrid but, I'm more inclined to think that it is an Arachnostylis ( Arachnis x Rhyncostylis) maybe a variety of Arachnostylis Charchalood or Arachnostylis Jittima.Do you remember the size of the flowers ? If they are about 2 inches or less then they could be Arachnostylis but if they are larger than that then they are most probably Arachnis.

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    Is this growing in Maryland? I can not imaging a vanda surviving a winter if it is.?

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    If in Maryland, this is likely it's outdoor summer home :-). I prefer not to grow outdoors and indoors because of the potential pest risk, not to mention having way too much sun where I live (NO shade). It's definitely a vandaceous orchid (flowers are unlike any I've seen in the Vanda family however/flower almost looks like Oerstedella but the lip is much different). GOOD choice for _______stylis, as most _____stylis have that type of flower, IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citywildcat View Post
    If in Maryland, this is likely it's outdoor summer home :-). I prefer not to grow outdoors and indoors because of the potential pest risk, not to mention having way too much sun where I live (NO shade). It's definitely a vandaceous orchid (flowers are unlike any I've seen in the Vanda family however/flower almost looks like Oerstedella but the lip is much different). GOOD choice for _______stylis, as most _____stylis have that type of flower, IMHO.
    The Arachnis type of the vandaceous family is one of the most common orchids of SE Asia - they are usually referred to as 'Scorpion' orchids' because of the shape of their flowers. Arachnis Maggie Oei (flow-aeris x hookeriana ) is one of our most common garden plants. There are numerous crosses made with Arachnis and Vanda, Ascocentrum, Renanthera, Aerides, Rhyncostylis, Vandopsis and Paraphalaenopsis. These hybrids are all sun-loving or sun tolerant and form the basis of our SE Asian cut flower trade. Come to Malaysia and see our acres of Arachnis hybrids notably the Aranda, Mokara, Kagawaara in our commercial gardens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    Is this growing in Maryland? I can not imaging a vanda surviving a winter if it is.?
    No. It is in Malaysia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    The Arachnis type of the vandaceous family is one of the most common orchids of SE Asia - they are usually referred to as 'Scorpion' orchids' because of the shape of their flowers. Arachnis Maggie Oei (flow-aeris x hookeriana ) is one of our most common garden plants. There are numerous crosses made with Arachnis and Vanda, Ascocentrum, Renanthera, Aerides, Rhyncostylis, Vandopsis and Paraphalaenopsis. These hybrids are all sun-loving or sun tolerant and form the basis of our SE Asian cut flower trade. Come to Malaysia and see our acres of Arachnis hybrids notably the Aranda, Mokara, Kagawaara in our commercial gardens.
    Thanks for your detailed explanation. Arne will probably chip in with more detail. At the time I took the photo, it was not flowering. The photo with the flowers was sent to us at another time when we were already home in Baltimore. My relative did say it was about 2 inches or so. I can tell you this, Arne is very envious of the Malaysian climate and the ability to have orchids simply growing wild outside! I do miss home sometimes.

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    Would LOVE to come to Asia to see the orchids! Do you have an extra room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by citywildcat View Post
    Would LOVE to come to Asia to see the orchids! Do you have an extra room?
    You will always be welcome in Asia especially Malaysia.In Malaysia we have a catchphrase for describing our country " Malaysia - truly Asia " . Here in Malaysia we have a unique blend of the 3 major ethnic groups comprising native Malays, Chinese and Indians; and the various native ethnic groups of the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak. Malaysia has been described as a 'melting pot' of the various races and cultures - but I personally would prefer 'melding pot' instead. In the former the various ingredients have been dissolved to form a new amalgam but in the latter a new product has emerged with the original ingredients still recognisable and intact and yet melded into new but vibrant and desirable form.

    We have a tradition here of welcoming friends and relatives and even strangers to our homes at any time whether announced or unannounced. I remember that in my younger days relatives and friends kept dropping in and staying on for a few days in our family home. There were even relatives and friends who stayed on for weeks while waiting for jobs. Nobody thought they were 'spongeing' off their hosts - it was the accepted norm.School holidays were usually spent staying in one of the relatives' homes.

    As we say here 'You're welcome to our humble abode.' Selamat datang' (welcome).

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    You will always be welcome in Asia especially Malaysia.In Malaysia we have a catchphrase for describing our country " Malaysia - truly Asia " . Here in Malaysia we have a unique blend of the 3 major ethnic groups comprising native Malays, Chinese and Indians; and the various native ethnic groups of the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak. Malaysia has been described as a 'melting pot' of the various races and cultures - but I personally would prefer 'melding pot' instead. In the former the various ingredients have been dissolved to form a new amalgam but in the latter a new product has emerged with the original ingredients still recognisable and intact and yet melded into new but vibrant and desirable form.
    We have a tradition here of welcoming friends and relatives and even strangers to our homes at any time whether announced or unannounced. I remember that in my younger days relatives and friends kept dropping in and staying on for a few days in our family home. There were even relatives and friends who stayed on for weeks while waiting for jobs. Nobody thought they were 'spongeing' off their hosts - it was the accepted norm.School holidays were usually spent staying in one of the relatives' homes.

    As we say here 'You're welcome to our humble abode.' Selamat datang' (welcome).
    I HEARD/READ somewhere that was true but never heard it from someone who LIVES there. In certain cultures, families work together to accomplish things, improve each others lives. Unfortunately, this is less true in America. People here dissociate themselves from others, going about their business to get ahead of the next person (that's just a generalization/of course, there are exceptions). WHAT AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL WRITTEN COMMENT ON YOUR CULTURE, YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR SOCIETY. What an amazing place to find this information too, on an orchid forum! THANK YOU for sharing that insight into your culture with us. I certainly will contact you if I visit your country. From what I've seen, not just on this website, it's a place unlike any other. I look forward to the opportunity to someday get there!
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