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Can you help me ID this orchids?

Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by armandoarturo, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. armandoarturo

    armandoarturo Member

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    I just came in from a trip to Mexico city. When I was on my way to the AirPort , I saw this guy selling some orchids in the street. (To be honest I only have experience with phals and dendrobiums) . And I have no clue of what I bought.
    So I bought two of them. Both of them look the same to me, probably just different colors.
    Any idea of what it could be?
    Thanks a lot!!

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  2. DPfarr

    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Those spikes are firmly attached? Out of curiosity examine where they originate.
     
  3. armandoarturo

    armandoarturo Member

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    Here are some more pictures...
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    armandoarturo Member

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    And here are some more of the other one...

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  5. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Both are what are called in the trade "evergreen" Dendrobium. They are hybrids derived from various species of the Dendrobium genus and an exact ID is impossible due to the large number of hybrids that look pretty much alike. The one with the white and purple flowers is similar to Dendrobium Sonia which was produced commercially in staggering numbers.
     
  6. armandoarturo

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    Wow! Really? Are you sure?
    I do have dendrobium nobile and I would say it doesnt compare at all!
    While these new orchids have pseudobulbs and soft long leafs My dendrobium has long stems , smaller and harder leafs.
     
  7. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think this question was asked because the plants don't seem to match to flowers. These pseudobulbs look like some Oncidium or relative while the flowers are Dendrobium. Very strange!!
     
  8. armandoarturo

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    Now I get the question!
    I didnt quite get it.
    Yes, the Flower spikes are firmly attached.
     
  9. Raven

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    Have no idea what can it be, but I have an unrelated question. Do you live in the US? When I was in Mexico, I was really afraid to bring any plant material with me back home because I know they supposedly check for it at the airport. Did they check your bags, and if they did, did they say anything about your plant? I'm going to Costa Rica soon, and I really like Costa Rican orchids! :D

    P.S. I'm definitely not an expert, but could it possibly be something Zygopetlinae related?
     
  10. armandoarturo

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    I live in mexico (up in the north, right below Arizona) I had them traveling in my luggage by plane.
    Ive done it several times, and have never had any problems. (So far) be careful tho
     
  11. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Armando, if you ever determine what it is please let us know. It is such an odd combination of flower and plant.

    In the 3rd photo at the back of the plant (in front of your middle finger) it looks like there is an old flower spike. If it is, where does it originate?
     
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  12. armandoarturo

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    Ok, I feel so dumb.
    I couldnt stop thinking about all what you guys said.
    I pulled hard the flower spike and they came off!!!
    I cant believe Ive been scammed!!! Lol
    To be honest now I just cant wait to see them bloom and see what I was scammed for..... hahahahaahha

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  13. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    I was in a place with a slow connection. Now I see the photos and indeed the pseudobulbs are of an oncidium as the flowers are of a Dendrobium.
     
  14. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You have to give the guy points for creativity! I've never heard of anyone doing this before.
     
  15. armandoarturo

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    I know!!!! I can even say im not mad at all hahaha. Thats just Mexico city, I cant believe I bite the trap hahaha.
    Its funny because even tho Im not an expert on orchids, I could still say im familiar to them, and I can tell the difference between species, and even so, I got fooled. hahah
    Now I just cant wait to see what kind of oncidium I have on my hands. lol
     
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    Here is an update on the story...
    The orchid seems to be doing good...
    and a couple of new growth is appearing.
    Since this is the first time I have an oncidium, im still not sure if new pseudobulbs are forming or maybe flower spike!
    Here are some pictures:

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  17. Oscar

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    Hi, I'm looking forward to your picture of the real flower~ !!!
    I want to know its real identity,too. Haha~^^
     
  18. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    My guess is a new growth, but another week or two it should be easier to tell.