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Oncidium phymatochilum mottled leaves

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by D Cal, Mar 22, 2020.

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  1. D Cal

    D Cal Marin County California Outdoor (mostly) grower

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    Greetings,

    I have a plant that I received last year with mottled / yellow / brown leaves, as seen below. I have seen other plants of this species in the hands of reputable growers with similar characteristics, if perhaps less extreme. I have also seen photos of plants of this species that just had normal green leaves.

    I asked the grower who said he'd been told the mottled leaves were normal for this species.

    I have not yet virus-tested this plant. It hasn't bloomed for me, though that's not surprising because I've had it less than a year, I repotted it, etc.

    I started out growing it outdoors but moved it to windowsill culture when I learned it's an intermediate plant.

    Thoughts?

    Thank you,

    D.H.
    San Anselmo, CA

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  2. J E

    J E New Member

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    Interesting. Curious as to the reason behind it if it's not just it's natural form.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If that were in my collection and I couldn't test it, I would probably throw it out. It isn't the classic symptoms of either of the 2 viruses that are usually tested for. There are other viruses that can infect orchids. At a minimum I would keep it isolated.
     
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  4. D Cal

    D Cal Marin County California Outdoor (mostly) grower

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    Thanks. :( What a drag.