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What is this Orchid called?



Can anyone tell me what the name of this Orchid is pleas?
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

Phalaenopsis I beleive.

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Re: What is this Orchid called?

Thanks Jim, that is helpful, it certainly looks like it.

I will do some research to see if I can find a name for the variety of this colour.

Unless of course anyone knows more.....

I have no idea how many types of Orchids there are, but certainly very many.
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

The genus Phalaenopsis has been hybridised so much that you will need the name from the nursery to get the variety name. They really are beautiful!
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

Cathrine,


Thanks for the help. I am sure you are right.

I do not often photograph flowers, but this beauty got my attention.

It came as a present for my wife and we have no label. Probably from a local shop (of which there are two) so I can make a little print and ask around today.
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

They have been selling these and variants at Lidle's and |Tesco for a few weeks now at about 5. I have had one now for three years. Still blooming got 11 flower heads with 2 more to open.
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

Phalaenopsis are pretty ubiquitous nowadays. You can find them in almost every garden centre, flower shop and supermarket.

They do best in cool, moist and bright conditions that aren't easy to get in the UK.. It's either too warm, dark and dry eg a centrally heated living room, or too bright and hot eg a greenhouse.

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Re: What is this Orchid called?

There is a full list of the named hybrids, with description, published each year but chances of naming it now are close to impossible. Only orchid nurseries bother with naming plants for sale.

Phalenopsis, or Moth Ordchid is the best you can do.
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There is a full list of the named hybrids, with description, published each year but chances of naming it now are close to impossible. Only orchid nurseries bother with naming plants for sale.

Phalenopsis, or Moth Ordchid is the best you can do.
Of course I am trying to keyword it for stock photos, and I have just gone with "flower Phalenopsis Moth Orchid hybrid pink yellow" which will have to be OK.

Still checking out local shops as chance arises, looking for one with a label on.

This a good example of how stock photography broadens ones knowledge - all sorts of subjects have to be dug into sometimes in depth to get the right caption and keywords.

Thanks everybody for the helpful comments.
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

Some sort of size indication would narrow the search as there are 3 subtypes ie large, medium and dwarf but I think you have got the best caption. Look out for a local orchid show and one of the trade exhibitors may help. My areas of speciality are Ceologyne and hardy orchids however. This one is an exception to the rule
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Some sort of size indication would narrow the search as there are 3 subtypes ie large, medium and dwarf
Each flower is about 7cm wide and about 5cm high. Does that make it "medium"?
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

Dare I ask you to measure the length of a mature leaf. It certainly within the large/medium area. The dwarf varieties are only 2-3cm across the widest point of the flower.
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Re: What is this Orchid called?

This reminds me of when I had 70 orchids in my living room, ranging from the supermarket Phalaenopsis to Coelogyne cristata (which bloomed!!) and a Vanilla planifolia. I bought a new plant and got some kind of bug with it that killed the whole collection. Those that survived had their growth ruined when our springer puppy found out that the new fresh bulbs were tasty...

I still have the Vanilla in bad shape and I bought a supermarket Phal the other day ;-)

The springer puppy? 7 years old and well behaved...
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That image was a pretty Paph!
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Dare I ask you to measure the length of a mature leaf. It certainly within the large/medium area. The dwarf varieties are only 2-3cm across the widest point of the flower.


Here is the whole plant. Longest leaf is 22cm.

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