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    Utric ID

    I received an unconfirmed Orchidioides cross from a friend last fall. During repotting, I took a small section to plant in another pot. As time went on, it became more & more apparent that the two pots contained very different plants. For a few months I figured the utric had died & there was now some form of weed growing. Several months passed and the pot now had several vertical spike growths which I assumed were a bog weed. However, when I pulled one out, a significant section of underground utric growth pulled up also. Upon closer inspection, it appeared that the spike growths, bladders & other leaves all come from the same mass of underground growth.

    I've shown pics of the plant to the originator of the hybrid Orchidioides & another grower from whom I have made several trades. Neither recognizes the plant nor has anything similar in their collection. The plant has yet to flower in my care.

    The pot is 2.5" (6.3cm).


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    Close-up of central 'rosette':


    Close-up of leaves at edge of pot:


    Later edit: Searching through Barry's faq & Bob's photofinder, U. praelonga would seem to be a candidate due to the 2 leaf types but the few foliage photos I could find did not seem to match well.
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    U. praelonga

    There are several kinds of U. praelonga out there. Yours is different from the kind I grow, but it is definately a form of U. praelonga.

    If you ever want to see flowers, give it cold winters and allow it to become root bound in a large pot (~10").

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    There are several kinds of U. praelonga out there. Yours is different from the kind I grow, but it is definately a form of U. praelonga.
    So the vertical grass-like leaves are diagnostic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    If you ever want to see flowers, give it cold winters and allow it to become root bound in a large pot (~10").
    Cold winters & potbound I can see - but a 10" pot for this ugly little weenie plant??!! Yikes - that's a lot of valuable real estate...
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    Everything about it screams U. praelonga to me, not just the long leaves. Both kinds of leaves look like praelonga (size/shape) and I know that some people on these forums have been trading around the clumping type. Mine doesn't clump though.

    Yeah, it is a lot of space but you can try making it flower with less. Let us know how it goes!

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