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Chiloschistas - can they be identified correctly?

Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by Joanie, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Joanie

    Joanie New Member

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    I need to pick your brains for some information. I have three Chiloschistas: one labeled parishii, one lunifera and the other sweelimii. The sweelimii has not bloomed for me yet. But the parishii and lunifera have. The lunifera was supposed to be the dark red colored one, but it is not. DSCN0192.JPG The parishii is on the right, and the lunifera is on the left. From looking at pictures from the web, sweelimii almost looks like the lunifera that I have. Both bloomed with two spikes each. I have been looking everywhere to compare pics of these and even the AOS SITF blog did not help me much. Also the parishii put on a seed pod I think. It was the last flower on this flower spike. DSCN0283.JPG
    Does anyone know if these two are labeled correctly? I worry because of past mislabeled plants from this vendor. Thanks!!
     
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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Joanie, I think that many of the Chiloschista species that are sold are misidentified. Ron Parsons has been working on getting ID's on a lot of his images. You can take a look here. "New" ones have been turning up in the trade that may be new or variations of existing species. But they are all fun. I have been told that you really need to see inside the lip to make a determination. So I do that before I try to make an outcross and sometimes I am amazed that what I thought were the same species are not.

    Your lunifera might be ramifera.
     
  3. Joanie

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    Marni, thank you for the Ron Parsons site. I've been on it before for Bulbos, but I never knew he had one devoted to Chilos. But now I am totally confused when you said that my lunifera might be ramifera. The photos on Ron's site show ramifera as a dark red flowered plant of which my lunifera is yellow spotted. I wish they would just sell the plants as to what color the flower blooms out as. :rolleyes: It would be easier for me to get the ones that I want. At least they don't take up much greenhouse space! And they are fun growing. Plus I like showing non-orchid growing people these little plants and getting those remarks like "that is an orchid?" "Looks like a bunch of roots!!" :D