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Default black phalaenopsis?

I remember seeing a link to some gorgeous black phals on this board a few months ago, but I no longer remember the name. Google search yields limited results.

You guys know of any names of black phal hybrids? I'm starting to get the urge to get 'just on more' orchid, and I think a dark phal may be just the thing.
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Perhaps you're thinking of Fredclarkeara black orchids. They're not phals, but I can see how they could be mistaken for them. Here's one example:

Fdk. After Dark

Is this similar to what you remember?
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To my knowledge there is no such thing as a true black Phal.

There might be a real dark purple.

You want something that comes real close to a black orchid try Dracula vampira, Dracula roezelii, and Dracula anthracina. You could also go for the "black" variety of Maxillaria variabilis, or Maxillaria schunkeana. Catssetum tenebrosum is also close to being black.
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kalanchoe--I think you may be right about that being the flower I remember. Not a phal after all, I guess.

This is the closest to a black phal that I was able to find on google:



except I don't really like the white lip on that one. I was wondering if anyone was familiar other crosses that look similar.
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The "harlequin type" Phals are the darkest Phals you can find at the moment, and even then they're not "black".

These are actually closer to being wine colored or a dark purple.
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Surely there is a black orchid named "Nero Wolfe"!
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