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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Does anybody have a form of U. praelonga that has small leaves that stand up?
    Here's a pic of my U. praelonga some months ago. Now that I keep it more wet, it is very happy & has mostly the long skinny leaves.
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    Looks just like my praelonga..


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    The thing is our praelongas short leaves are spread against the ground in all of our pics. This plant's shorties are standing up, none of the short leaves are reclining on this plant and are much thinner than praelongas short leaves by about 1/3. Leaf color is much darker on praelonga as well and they grow under the same T5s. Does anyone have a praelonga with skinny short leaves that all stand up?

    Perhaps this thing is a hybrid of longifolia x praelonga Wouldn't be an orchidioides but would be something. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    The thing is our praelongas short leaves are spread against the ground in all of our pics. This plant's shorties are standing up, none of the short leaves are reclining on this plant and are much thinner than praelongas short leaves by about 1/3. Leaf color is much darker on praelonga as well and they grow under the same T5s. Does anyone have a praelonga with skinny short leaves that all stand up?
    When I first started to grow mine, I grew it on the dry side and it had none of the grassy leaves. After several months, a few of the longer leaves appeared. Since learning of its identity & member of section Foliosa, I have given it much wetter conditions and it has produced 95% grassy leaves and only a few of the smaller wide ones.

    I recommend taking a small piece and growing it in somewhat drier conditions and see how it develops. I suspect that it will confirm that it's a U. praelonga.

    Any chance you swapped labels and the small plant in your 2nd pic is the Orchidioides?
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    Any chance you swapped labels and the small plant in your 2nd pic is the Orchidioides?
    The first 3 images are all of the one labeled as "unidentified" the last one in the green pot with peat & grit is praelonga, it's been on my patio for almost a year and was brought indoors after the cube was planted.

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    I've cut out a small clump of this and put it in a pot of LFS that will be kept moist but not on a tray so we'll see what happens with it in a drier condition.

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    Could be a longifolia cross, I guess... Looks like a messed up longifolia.

    Good luck IDing it. You should have flowers soon judging by the size of it!

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    If it weren't for those tubers I would unquestionably name this as U. praelonga. Actually, I still would make this call. There is a lot of variability within a species. There are some forms of U. dichotoma I have grown that also form tubers, so it's not too far of a stretch to assume the same may be possible for U. praelonga although I have never grown such. Probably a more detailed look at the actual bladder traps might be helpful in confirming or denying that determination if anyone owns a copy of Taylor's monograph to compare them with. This is a good topic and I hope you will keep us updated as to future findings.
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