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Odont species, lost tag

Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by D Cal, Feb 8, 2022.

  1. D Cal

    D Cal Marin County California Outdoor (mostly) grower

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    I got this from ecuagenera and lost the tag*, but could have sworn it was Odont crispum / Onc alexandrae.

    But - it's not lol. Pretty clear now - but what Odont is it? They are hard to tell apart, at least for me.

    Any ideas? I was thinking naevium - these do look like freckles! IMG_1833.jpeg


    * The best part of this orchid is the story. shortly after I got from EG, it just started to look rotten and lousy, had zero roots - and I am not in the business of keeping struggling orchids alive. So I cut bait, threw it over a fence, and forgot about it. Several months later, I came across it lying on the ground, growing roots and a new growth. I stuck it in a tiny pot and this time it made it! The mysterious world of orchid keeping .... (And, I do think EG had mislabelled it.)
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is definitely not Odont. crispum.
     
  3. D Cal

    D Cal Marin County California Outdoor (mostly) grower

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    That's what I think. But ecuagenera wrote me back and says it is! Which is pretty amazing...because it clearly definitely isn't. Oh well.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm sorry to hear that. That kind of thing is bad for their reputation.
     
  5. D Cal

    D Cal Marin County California Outdoor (mostly) grower

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    I persisted in asking ecuagenera for a better (correct :)) answer and they got back to me, that this is the natural hybrid,
    Odontoglossum x bockemuhliae, which is Oncidium cirrhosum x Oncidium cristatum.

    That makes sense!
    Unfortunately it was mislabelled, but ecuagenera hasn't cornered the market on mislabelling plants LOL. Insisting it was Onc alexandrae after I showed them a photo is a bad look for them but fortunately someone there got it right.

    It's fragrant too.
    Not my favorite style of Odont, but I'm in no position to complain about any orchid that will bloom for me.

    It's in a 2" pot.

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