Orchids forum: Help with an ID please?

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 28, 2012 4:00 PM CST
So, sometimes being a volunteer is great, and sometimes you really get rewarded! Today at the Extension help desk a lady walked in and set this plant on the desk in front of me. She said "do you have any idea what this is?". I said "it's an orchid of some kind, I'm pretty sure".

She'd found it and "dozens more" in her neighbor's yard, in an area that was mulched some time in the spring. It does have pieces of red mulch sticking to the roots. She says she has one at home that has a 14in. upright flower spike on it with small, light purple flowers that hang down. I asked her if she could e-mail me a picture of that plant, and I'd send the pictures out to all of you folks, my expert panel! Then she said "oh, you can take that one home, I have so many more!" )) Yippee! ((

Anyway, as you can see it has a pretty variegated leaf, the pattern looks very similar to a leaf on my one little Paph. But it's not a Paph. Single leaf, with a second one coming along, and it has a pseudobulb about an inch across and nearly 2in. high. That leaf is just over 6in. long from the top of the pb and is very firm and stiff like a Cattleya leaf.
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Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2012 5:22 PM CST

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My first guess was Oeceoclades maculata.....but I don't know if that has a small pseudobulb and one would need to see the blooms.
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sugexp=les%3Bernk_fspike...
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 28, 2012 6:55 PM CST
You're wonderful, Ursula. I think that's it, thanks. I'll send the link to the lady, and see if she can ID the flower from the pictures. I hope she'll send me a picture, and I'll post it here.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2012 7:07 PM CST

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Ok! Smiling

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