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Thread: What is this orchid?

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    [img]http://photo.msn.s8.com/MS8zLzEwNDQ3MzE4MTMvMS80MDE4LzE1NS8zMi9EMEFOTGtjbjBSd18yLURETEFWekRR/a99c03337a3609ab105ede0079e815af/clbk=HcZNnT9kkUh9k9LFc4oeRR6d*ROgcDW0K2gj0G!!7EFS8Xe54Zx1usa!uJXGStBdUd4rN0UeZsY$/jpg.jpg[/img]

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    Someone gave me a cutting of this epiphytic orchid, and I don't know what kind it is.

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    If I had one guess I would say it was a cane type dendrobium, but I really don't know. Nice Tillandsia though. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Most likely a Cattleya hybrid but it could also be a Laelia species or hybrid.
    Id suggest you do something to help it out with water retention it looks like it has nothing in the way of a root system.
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    I assume it doesn't need a root system, as the plant I took it from had no roots.

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    Im sorry but your assumption is incorrect. I would bunch some sphagnum under the rhizome making sure not to cover the rhizome entirely. It appears to be outside so i would recommend watering it at least once a day right now. Once it has established itself further and developed a root system it shouldnt require the frequent watering.
    Orchids are not like Tillandsia in that they do absorb nutrients and water through thier roots. Did you collect this plant from the wild?
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    No. I got it from one of my landscape customers. It is about one fourth of the parent plant, which for many months has laid outside where he has his bromeliads.

    There are several species of epiphytic orchids which get their water from the air and rain. This has been in my greenhouse for a few weeks, and it gets misted once or twice a week with my Tillandsias, and is doing fine.

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    Khai is correct. Orchids absorb their water primarily through their root systems. Epiphytic orchid does not mean rootless. Looking at the photo it appears from what I can see that the pseudobulbs are beginning to get shrivelled. Leaves and pseudobulbs should be firm. If they are not then the plant is dessicating. Cattleyas are very durable plants and it might take months before dessication becomes very noticable.
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