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What is going on???

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by AnnaBelle Ericsson, May 9, 2021.

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    AnnaBelle Ericsson New Member

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    [​IMG] Hello everyone, I'm AnnaBelle and I have a very strange situation on my hands that I would appreciate help with. We have an orchid growing a flower from between the center of it's leaves. My parents and I have searched repeatedly looking for information about what is going on with this plant so any and all help is greatly appreciated
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    If you are referring to a phalaenopsis, that sometimes happens, and is referred-to as a “terminal spike”. In this case, ”terminal” is not meant to convey “fatal”, but that it is emanating from the growth terminus, a.k.a. “growth front”.

    Basically, the meristematic (undifferentiated) tissue has somehow “decided” to grow an inflorescence, rather than leaves. When that happens, the plant will no longer grow leaves there, but don’t give up! It is very likely that a new growth front will appear somewhere on the side of the current plant, and will carry on.

    Folks often refer to that as a “basal keiki”, but unlike a keiki growing on a flower spike, it will not have its own root system, allowing it to be removed, but uses the existing root system. You can think of it as being like a plant that has been “topped” to cause it to branch.
     
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    AnnaBelle Ericsson New Member

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    I was considering that as an option but there's no spike, it's just a flower.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Can you post a photo?

    If it is not a phal, what kind of orchid? I have seen paphiopedilums flower on an extremely short spike...
     
  5. AnnaBelle Ericsson

    AnnaBelle Ericsson New Member

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    It is a phal but there's no spike at all.
     

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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    I’ve been growing orchids for almost 50 years, and that’s a new one to me!

    I suspect that this is an extreme case of terminal inflorescence, and that the plant will generate a new “growth front”.
     
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    AnnaBelle Ericsson New Member

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    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    Very strange keep us updated
     
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    AnnaBelle Ericsson New Member

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    Update a new leaf is growing underneath the flower!
     

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    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    Just keeps getting more and more bizarre