Orchids forum: Identifying a yellow orchid

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Kookiekat
Nov 1, 2018 6:41 AM CST
Hi, I was wondering what's the ID of this guy? :)

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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Nov 1, 2018 7:10 AM CST

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It's a Cymbidium (and it looks like an alba - i.e. lacks the ability to produce red/pink/orange pigments). I have a few possible thoughts as to a more precise ID, but need some more information first. Can you tell us where and when the plant was flowering? Do you recall if it had any scent?
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 1, 2018 8:38 AM CST

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Joshua, what do you think, Golden Elf?
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BigBill
Nov 1, 2018 8:57 AM CST
I had to quickly check on line but it might be a Golden Elf like Ursula suggested.
It seems to me that I might have seen one in either a Tampa Show or a Venice Florida Show a couple years back. It was very pretty I recall and very simple.
Cymbidiums are not real easy to grow in Florida.
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Gina1960
Nov 1, 2018 3:18 PM CST
I can attest to that Bill
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BigBill
Nov 1, 2018 3:21 PM CST
Me too. I had a standard pink Cymbidium that fried in Florida. They love sun, they like water and fertilizer but require cool night time temperatures in order to flower. Two weeks of nights in the 40's is what it usually takes. Where oh where does that happen in flower.
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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Nov 1, 2018 7:08 PM CST

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I agree that Cym. Golden Elf is the most likely candidate.
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Ursula
Nov 1, 2018 8:05 PM CST

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Great! If I remember correctly this one has a lemony/citrus scent. Perhaps @Kookiekat will confirm this?

Kookiekat
Nov 2, 2018 2:21 AM CST
It didn't have a scent when I found it. It was around 6p.m.
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Australis
Nov 2, 2018 3:13 AM CST

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Scent in some Cymbidium species (i.e. sinense and I would assume ensifolium - a parent of Cym. Golden Elf) and their hybrids comes and goes with temperature, so it might have a scent at a different time of the day. The tracyanum-iridioides-erythraeum complex seems to be more consistently fragrant, though.
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