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What is this orchid called?

This is a discussion on What is this orchid called? within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Thanks 78terp for sharing the photo! Yes the orchid is much smaller. How long have ...

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    Thanks 78terp for sharing the photo! Yes the orchid is much smaller. How long have you had it?
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    Since early June 2014. It hangs in one of my terrariums. It hasn't bloomed for me yet.

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    The leaves look similar to Pleurothallis ghiesbreghtiana/Stelis quadrifida. But the flowers look similar to Pleurothallis grobyi. Now, that is MY observation from the pictures I find looking through the internet. Apparently when my husband first got it, the leaves were much smaller. Hopefully he can tell you more about that. Whatever it may be, I've never seen this orchid before and it was fun learning about it. And hearing from you all, of course. Thanks!

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    So this little orchid appeared as a ridiculously small bonus orchid accidentally attached to a Dendrobium jenkensii that we bought ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ----. As of now, we cannot ignore the little orchid anymore and that's why Karole asked the forum. It does have pseudobulbs but they are reduced to the extent of leaf stems. This plant is small but the growths are getting increasingly bigger. Right now the largest growth is about 4 inches. There are no spots on the back of the leaves. Based on what you all wrote I believe it's a Stelis quadrifida. ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- By the way, almost every flower wilts very quickly as a seed capsule develops a couple of days after the flowers open.

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    The reduced pseudobulb-like structures of plants of the Pleurothallis alliance are called ramicauls. They may look like leaf stems analogous to petioles in some some plants, but they really are very much the same as a pseudobulb in a Cattleya, for instance, just a simplified slender version.

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    Thanks PaphMadMan. I think this will make Arne appreciate this orchid more! I am so happy it flowered and now we know what it is.

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