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This is a discussion on Phal Tai-I Yellow Bird within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a lovely little yellow harlequin. It's a blooming keiki that was recently removed ...
This is a lovely little yellow harlequin. It's a blooming keiki that was recently removed from the mother plant.
I do like that.
Great shape & colour.
Oh, I like it too. Nice clear photo, McJulie!
Flower and pic are both McBeautiful!
McThanks to all!
In a strange sort of way, i really like this... although all those spots is making me itchy...
I love harlequins! You say it's a keiki; in general, do you remove these because you want to or because you need to?
Both, Lynda. They're genetic dupes of the parent plant that live off the parent plant as they develop their own leaves first and then roots later. They can tax momma and possibly kill her if left on too long. But some plants are work horses and don't mind supporting multiple keikis, flower spikes, and small villages. Totally depends on the individual plant. You usually don't remove one until there are two or more roots at least two inches long. The lil' guy has to sustain itself once removed!
Many genera don't produce keikis, and many species within a genus don't. Again, it just depends. Dends and Phals are classic keiki genera, but lots of oddball genera produce them as well.
I don't own the mother plant on this one, so if you'd like a keiki from me, you'll have to wait till it grows a lot bigger. But it clearly shows it's from a keiki-loving parent!