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May 6, 2020 11:47 AM CST
New York
Hello,

This plant was gifted to me from a friend, and I would love to identify it and figure out how best to care for it! She mentioned it being a type of orchid, but I haven't had any luck in internet searches.

It flowered earlier this fall, and was so beautiful!

I welcome any information.

Thanks!
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May 6, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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It is a jewel orchid Ludisia discolor.
They do very well as houseplants in a bright spot. The bright light brings out the markings in the leaves. When the light gets dimmer, the leaves get darker and the markings disappear.

There are several species of jewel orchids. Yours is the most common.
These like to be moist, never drying out. They do very well in a mix of 50% potting soil and 50% peat moss.
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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May 6, 2020 2:16 PM CST
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Bill forgot to add a link to our database for Jewel Orchid (Ludisia discolor) with additional photos and info. Thumbs up
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May 6, 2020 2:21 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Oopsies!!!
My bad.
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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May 6, 2020 2:22 PM CST
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