Orchids forum: Identity please

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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Feb 6, 2014 9:32 AM CST
I would love to know the name of this orchid. Unfortunately I lost it, but would be interested in obtaining another.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 6, 2014 10:35 AM CST
Jim and/or Ursula may know. They grow unusual (for me, that is) species and varieties.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 6, 2014 10:48 AM CST
That looks like Brassia arcuigera aka Spider Orchid. I know this (which is probably surprising considering I really don't know anything about orchids) because I love the weird.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 6, 2014 11:46 AM CST
It's a real beauty, Jean. Here's a link to a whole gallery of Brassia orchids.ttps://www.google.com/search?q=Brassia+orchids&client=firefox-a&hs=ik9&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=i8bzUu3mF4mFkQfYlYG4Dw&ved=0CCYQsAQ&biw=1891&bih=910

I didn't see one with the lovely purple markings like yours though. If you had a better picture showing the leaves and base of the plant as well, that might help to ID the specific cross.

Btw, Anne the Brassias are collectively known as "spider orchids" because of the spidery flowers. There are probably hundreds of crosses from plain white to different colors and markings. Here's arcuigera http://bklynorchids.com/2010/10/29/orchid-of-the-week-brassi...
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 6, 2014 12:06 PM CST
They are really neat looking .. once I move and get my new greenhouse up and going I'll be adding orchids to my list of gotta have.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Feb 6, 2014 1:04 PM CST
It is a Brassia but to ID it further, you would have to look through tons of Brassia photos. The purple markings make it a bit unique so you may actually find something close or perhaps a parent.

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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Feb 6, 2014 2:39 PM CST
Thanks so much Jim. I thought it was a Brassia but my orchid knowledge is limited. I knew you,

@Xeranthemum That is exactly why I bought this one. It's not your usual run of the mill orchid.
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