Orchids forum: Mystery Orchid

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 21, 2016 6:25 PM CST
I have quite a few mystery plants but this one is especially mysterious. I saw it at the local grocery last fall and walked around the store 3 times before deciding to invest $25 on a "no name grocery store orchid". When I got to the check stand, the checker explained to me how to care for my new orchid and in what bad shape it was and she couldn't possibly let me pay $25 for it. But she had to charge me something, she was so sorry about that....

I listened politely (I might have taken a nap in the middle someplace). When I got out the door, I said to my daughter: Did she really charge me $1.50 for this plant? Yes she did!

Has anyone any idea what it is? I have thought Oncidium. Then I went on to Odontoglossum. Now I'm thinking Odontocidium (maybe because I just like the word). But have not found anything that resembles this flower.


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Name: Roberta
Cherokee Village, Ark (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Orchids Irises
Jan 21, 2016 6:49 PM CST
Welcome to the orchid forum, you have been quite busy posting today so i didn't get a good feel on where orchids are on your list of favorites. Just to acquaint you to the orchid forum, we have 3 main threads all are 2016 and current. They can accommodate most anything pertaining to orchids. Let us get to know you especially your favs and growing conditions. So good to meet ya. Your plant is a z. . . ., spelling on an IPad is a problem!

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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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Jan 21, 2016 7:15 PM CST
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Jan 21, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Yes, it looks like a Zygopetalum to me. It is in the Oncidium Alliance.

Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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Jan 21, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Looks very similar to Zygopetalum cynosure 'blue bird'
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 21, 2016 11:31 PM CST
Thank you for the ID. I think you are right.

Sorry to tromp on toes. I obviously don't know the rules yet.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Jan 22, 2016 8:14 AM CST


Daisy, don't worry! You obviously have a lot to add to this forum, so hopefully we get to see more of you!
I am trying to encourage people to add their post to existing threads, unless the subject is simply not a good match, but heh, no harm done here! Smiling
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Jan 23, 2016 11:34 AM CST
I agree And what a pretty Zygo you got for a true bargain price! Way to go. It doesn't look like it's in too much distress to me either. I've rescued orchids off the death rack at Lowe's that looked a lot worse than that, and paid at least $3 for them! Hilarious!

I generally don't buy grocery store orchids here, (other than at Trader Joe's) mainly because they've been suffering the cold dry air of an air-conditioned store for who knows how long, and the transition to growing outdoors in Florida humidity and heat is really a shock to them. But where you are, and growing indoors, probably not too bad.

I'd keep an eye out at that grocery store, and definitely check out with that cashier whenever you find something . .. Green Grin!

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jan 23, 2016 1:56 PM CST
It was a little wilted and the flowers were worse for ware but water perked it right up. I would rather find an orchid that has been underwatered than overwatered (my experience with Lowes sale table rescues). I stuck it behind a giant bird's nest fern and it has been very happy there. I moved it out yesterday - lots of new bulbs forming.


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