Orchids forum: What kind of Orchid is this?

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Name: Lesha Ray
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Jul 13, 2016 4:46 PM CST
Can anyone help me identify this orchid and what type of environment it will need?

They appear to be the same. Although I'm not sure.

Thank you all!


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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 13, 2016 5:06 PM CST
Back in April, I had one similar in form, that Jim ID'd as a Miltassia.
Hopefully he'll stop in this evening and help you out!

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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jul 13, 2016 5:13 PM CST
The second one looks like a Bollopetalum in form. The top one is an Oncidium of some kind, could be a Degarmoara. Ursula is usually better than I am at IDing these.

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 13, 2016 6:02 PM CST

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Sorry, I am not able to help here. I am not so good with these types of hybrids.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 14, 2016 8:59 AM CST
I'm not great at ID'ing these either, but please could you show us a picture of the whole plant in each case? Seeing the leaves, and relative size of the flowers to the leaves might help us a bit.

Are you growing these inside your house or outdoors? Houston is hotter in summer, and colder in winter than I have here, so a challenge for orchids.

If inside, bright indirect light would be good, and do your best to keep the humidity up while you run the a/c through the summer. If outdoors, keep them in the shade and as cool and breezy as possible until the temperatures are below 90 or so in the fall.
Elaine

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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jul 14, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Since Ursula is out on this one let me expand on my guesses. All of the orchids we are discussing here are in the Oncidium alliance so they have similar growing conditions. Here is a look at one of my Degarmoara orchids:
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It has a different shape than the Miltassia. The Bollopetalum is closely related to the Zygopetalum and looks like this:
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So, I think I am close and if you look up Oncidium culture, you should be ready to go.

Jim

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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 14, 2016 11:11 AM CST
Blinking Wow, I'd not even heard of those! Guess I really need to start doing some research! The most that I did know was that they, (Miltassia) are of the Oncidium alliance, but that was the extent of it... Whistling Soooo much to learn! Thanks Jim!
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Ursula
Jul 14, 2016 11:57 AM CST

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Thanks Jim! There are so many of these intergeneric hybrids, I only grow one of them. Just looking at what Trader Joe's offers, that store alone will have several different noids on a weekly basis.
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Jul 14, 2016 12:57 PM CST
I FINALLY made it to Trader Joe's , in Tampa...a 40 minute drive for me...only to see the same astounding array of every-color-under-the-sun ..(.including blue)...Phals...and to add insult to injury they are no longer making the fabulous black bean dip that was my favorite... Grumbling
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jul 14, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Our closest TJ's in Mt. Pleasant (2 hours each way) has never had anything but Phals in all sizes and colors. I go there at least once a month and keep wishing for something different but that never happens. Shrug! The store is next to a Whole Foods and they often do have a few Catts but they are pricey there. I might consider paying big bucks to a reputable grower but not to a grocery store.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 14, 2016 4:28 PM CST
We're so lucky then, I guess our TJ's buyer has some good options for orchids. I've never seen a blue Phal there, and they almost always have several varieties. I've scored nice Onc. and a couple of wonderful Dens there. Also bought my daughter's Sharry Baby at TJ's in Salt Lake City. It's lasted over 2 years in her bathroom there, a minor miracle.
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Name: Jen
southeast FLA, hot and humid g (Zone 10b)
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JenA31
Jul 16, 2016 11:44 AM CST
My trader joe's in Delray beach, fla never has a good variety of orchids that other stores seem to have. I guess it's all demographics. I would think that down here they would have a nice variety.

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