Orchids forum: Black Orchid

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Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Nov 9, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Can anyone help identify this orchid for me. The flowers are almost black. It was sent as a gift a year ago. No blooms when I got it; and by Christmas it was gorgeous. I lost the tag unfortunately and don't even know the grower. There are no spikes currently on it; I've withheld water and it is looking healthy.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 9, 2014 1:07 PM CST

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I don't know exactly which one it is, but I would look at Fredclarkeara After Dark as in here:
http://catasetinae.com/gallery503.htm

I forgot to say, it is just gorgeous!!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 9, 2014 2:17 PM CST
Wow, I'd never heard of a black orchid and it is stunning! I googled and the only one I found is the same one Ursula noted.

http://www.pineridgeorchids.com/cata_fdk_hybrids.htm

Fdk. After Dark Black Diamond: http://www.sunsetvalleyorchids.com/htm/photo_detail.php?prod...
Fdk. After Dark 'Black Pearl': http://www.sunsetvalleyorchids.com/htm/photo_detail.php?prod...

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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Nov 9, 2014 4:39 PM CST
Yes, I love that orchid. My favorite one is Fdk. Midnight Lace. I suspect they are dormant this time of year.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 9, 2014 7:06 PM CST
Oh my, I had to google Midnight Lace and found a close up and it is absolutely gorgeous! http://sunsetvalleyorchids.com/htm/photo_detail.php?prod=198...
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Nov 12, 2014 3:25 PM CST
Well, after searching and searching (I really believed I had the tag somewhere), I did find it.

The black orchid is Monnierara Millenium Magic "Witchcraft" FCC/AOS. My son had ordered it for me from Orchids Limited in Plymouth, Minnesota.

I stopped keeping tags in my orchids a long time ago (after we had the three back-to-back hurricanes), I didn't have many then and thought they were safe where I had stashed them outside. Wrong ! Actually, I found most of the orchids scattered around my back yard; out of the pots and, of course, no tags. I do try to keep the tags in a book now and also write it in a binder I keep. This black orchid ID wasn't anywhere I thought I might have put it. I will have to change my tactics !

I've just plodded on ever since, adding to my collection. When there's a really big storm or winds headed our way (no hurricanes again thank goodness) I now put them in the garage, the living room, the family room and some in my husband's shed which is supposed to be hurricane proof !
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 12, 2014 6:03 PM CST

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Ahh, I am glad you were able to identify this beauty!
This is surely 'Witchcraft'. Smiling
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Nov 12, 2014 6:13 PM CST
Yes, it is Witchcraft -- I just edited my post.
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Nov 12, 2014 6:22 PM CST
Question ? How would I post a picture of this on the plant database. All I know after looking it up (from my tag) is that it's a hybrid from the three orchid families of; Catasetum, Cycnoches and Mormodes. I wouldn't know what other information to fill in.
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Gleni
Nov 29, 2014 4:45 AM CST
Black beauty!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 29, 2014 8:18 AM CST

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It is!
Sorry Elfie, I just realized we never answered your question.
I should hang my head in shame, but I have never entered Orchids into the database, I really need to take a closer look......
Name: Kate
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karmatree
Nov 29, 2014 6:02 PM CST
I think you just click on Plant Database, then select the link that says, "Add a Plant to the database" and then fill out the necessary info...then someone approves it....but in my experience you have to go back once it's approved and submit your photo to go with it...then THAT gets approved....but maybe I'm doing it the hard way? I don't know! I've submitted a cryptanthus and an orchid that way, seemed to work.
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Dec 3, 2014 11:00 PM CST
Thanks - I'll give it a try sometime soon.
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Dec 4, 2014 7:55 AM CST
I just talked to Fred Clark on the phone. He has one Midnight Lace only and it has a seed pod on it. Once he harvests the seeds, probably in April, the plant is mine. Can't wait! nodding

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 4, 2014 8:11 AM CST

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How wonderful, Jim! Thumbs up

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