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Can Phalaenopsis hybrids be identified by their flowers?

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    Default Can Phalaenopsis hybrids be identified by their flowers?

    I am new to this forum and something that I have always wondered was whether Phalaenopsis hybrids can be identified by their flowers. The scientist within me is sceptical since it is probably likely that different hybrids share many similarities in flower colour and pattern. However, I have a attached a few low-resolution images of new plants I purchased yesterday from the annual orchid show in Darling, South Africa. Disappointingly, none of the plants were labelled, hence my query.

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    WOW!!!! I can't help you with the id, but I can sure be jealous of the beauties that you found. Those are amazing. Enjoy and welcome to the forum.


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    I think the last one is Doritaenopsis Champion Lightning 'Splash'. For the first three - have no clue.

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    Hi David. You are correct, it is very difficult to definitively identify a Phal hybrid by looking at the flowers. There are so many that are similar. There are a few that are very distinctive such as Phal. Leopard Prince "Sogo Diamond", but most of the time this is not the case.

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    Hi David it is almost impossible to ID with any certainty the modern complex phalaenopsis hybrids. There has been so much phal breeding in the East and there is also no proper records kept. Phals are so easy to breed and they mature so fast that crosses have been made even before the parents have been registered. And since most of them are produced as 'disposable orchids', breeders and buyers (non- orchid growers) couldn't care less for the names.

    Any way you have bought really beautiful phals.

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    I think the last phal in the photo is called Phal. Kitty Face. I have one just like it though I have no idea at all what the parents are.

    Yes Yew has very wonderful insights into the breeding of Phalaenopsis and why so many of these wonderful plants are nameless.

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    Hi David,

    - The frst one seems to be Doritaenopsis Chain Xen Pearl :



    which is probably the same plant as Phalaenopsis 'Elegant Beauty' (a commercial name)? :


    - And I agree with Paph for the fourth picture ; Dtps Champion Lightning 'Splash' :


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    The third one is probably Dtps. I-Hsin Sun Beauty ?


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    All are so beautiful!

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    As you can see, different people see the same hybrid and come to different conclusions about the ID.

    No, hybrid Phals can't be identified based on a photo. You can take a guess, but it is no more than a guess.

    If you buy it without a tag, just enjoy it as a NOID. If identity is important to you, only buy plants with tags.
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