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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Feb 14, 2014 6:52 PM CST
Received this in a trade...what's it's name?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 14, 2014 9:36 PM CST
The leaves are thin but it reminds me a bit of Basket Plant (Callisia fragrans) I wonder if it could be a variety of Callisia or possibly Tradescantia? Hope someone comes along with an ID soon, I'm always curious about the identity of plants!
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Feb 17, 2014 8:54 AM CST
My 1st thought was C. fragrans too, but I'm not sure either, doesn't seem quite right for that. Maybe another pic?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Feb 17, 2014 11:23 AM CST
It's hard to tell without a picture of the whole plant, but to me it looks like one of the reed stemmed Epidendrums.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 17, 2014 6:50 PM CST
Betsy: Can you post another photo from a little farther away, showing the entire plant as Carol suggested? I hadn't thought of a reed stemmed Epidendrum and I guess that could be a possibility. I couldn't find any photo's in our plant database but while googling I found this one for comparison: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackdiamondimages/4426197066/

I think I might have a reed stemmed Epidendrum in a pot out on my deck; tomorrow I'll go out and check and take a picture. Mine doesn't have a tag so I'm not certain what orchid it actually is. I purchased it at a plant sale last year and the lady just said it was a Florida Orchid, LOL.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 17, 2014 7:17 PM CST
Epidendrum fulgens also has the same look:
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 17, 2014 7:32 PM CST
Ann: That sure looks like Betsy's plant!! Thumbs up

Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up to Carol too for such a good eye!
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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Feb 19, 2014 4:48 PM CST
Here's another view - she is bent over so had to hold her up.
Thumb of 2014-02-19/piksihk/a182f1 What do y'all think?

The leaves have fallen off from the bottom half. I've googled the reed stemmed Epidendrums and she does resemble them.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 19, 2014 5:30 PM CST
I certainly think it's a reed stemmed epi. The question is ~~~ which one? Maybe when it blooms, you will be able to ID it.

BTW, when I lived in Zone 10 in Fl. I had the one I gave the link for. It was planted right in the ground. It had some shade but plenty of hot sun. After establishing, it took drought like a champ & withstood a couple 20 degree nights we had during a freak cold front.
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Feb 19, 2014 5:55 PM CST
It does look like a ground Orchid of some sort.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Feb 19, 2014 7:23 PM CST
Thanks for the thumbs, but it could still be some other type of plant. I have two different species of Epis that have that have lived outside for many years. That is why I suggested that. The leaves on your plant do appear to be thin in the photos. Do they bend at all or are they ridged? The mature leaves on mine will only bend a little if I am very careful. Not paper thin.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 20, 2014 7:19 AM CST
It does look like a Reed stemmed Epidendrum. I just went outside and took a picture of mine that I thought was the same thing but my plant looks to have thicker, shorter leaves:


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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Feb 20, 2014 2:29 PM CST
Ok, let's try this

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Epi. radicans, Epi. secundum (I think) , NOID Epi. kikis I'm starting






Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 20, 2014 5:51 PM CST
Carol, they are lovely!! Can you tell me about the third photo, the ones weighted down with rocks? Are they cuttings that will take root? I broke a piece off of my one and only Epidendrum radicans when I was out working on the deck today and it would be great if I could root it!!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Feb 20, 2014 7:28 PM CST
Those are kikis. Same as prolifs on a daylily. They grow a new plant on an established cane, complete with roots. When the roots get a few inches long you can either carefully pry them off or cut the cane below, and start a new plant. My son's SO got a pot with 2 colors in it, and I want a pink one, so I asked for a kiki. I wont know if I got the pink or another orange one until it blooms. Neither one of the kids are plant people. Hilarious! I'm starting it in Spagnum.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2014 8:41 AM CST
Duh (slapping my head here) Green Grin! I've had a few orchids grow kiki's in the past ... those in your photo were so large, it never occurred to me that they were kiki's. *Blush*
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