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Old 10-31-2019, 08:34 PM
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Hi everyone!
Itís my first post here, so Iím going to add a brief paragraph about me and then ask my question below.

Iím really happy to be part of your community. Iíve been collecting some plants for about 10 years, first in France and now in Montreal, Canada. Since a year and a half I started growing orchids and my collection starts to grow - I now have several Phalaenopsis, several Dendrobiums (nobile types, a variegated Den Phal hybrid) some Oncidiums (twinkles, Colmanara Wildcat Ďbobcatí - itís been reclassified from what Iíve heard-) and a Cuitlauzina pendula Iím really excited about. Iím experimenting a bit with my new (intermediate) conditions and with the orchids types I can grow.

My question: So, I just received a plant mail order from TG Orchids: a Dendrobium aphyllum, a Zygonisia cynosure ĎBlue Birdsí and the famous (or should I say the obscure) Coelogyne brachyptera.
As you can see it looks quite healthy (1st picture), and has three pseudobulbs, two of them having dried flower spikes (2nd picture). My question is, could this brown dried looking sheath on the newest and biggest pseudobulb (3rd picture) be a flower spike emerging?

I couldnít find any info online, cultural informations are sparse, but I read extensively what I found online on this forum and diverse websites, including

Also, the description of the plant on the merchantís website says flowers are green with an orange lip (see last picture), but from what I've read, Coelogyne brachyptera has fully green flowers with darker markings on the lip. If you have any idea what this variety/species might be, itís be great! I will have the surprise when it flowers I guess.

Thank you for reading, any advice is appreciated!
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:58 PM
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Hi everyone!
My question is, could this brown dried looking sheath on the newest and biggest pseudobulb (3rd picture) be a flower spike emerging?
First, Welcomd!

That sheath looks like it's in the right place for a spike, but I'm unfamiliar with the species. I found the same pictures that you did for the species, so it will, I think just be a "wait and see". Once it blooms, there are quite a few people on the board who are good at tracking down species... you'll get multiple pairs of eyes on the issue.

Your other plants sound terrific too. Good growing! (I think Cuitlauzina pendula is very near the top of my list of "most beautiful orchids". The precise list changes, but I do love that one)
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:05 PM
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Thank you Roberta!

I will keep you posted and try to contain my excitement and hope for the best.

I got lucky with the Cuitlauzina pendula, I managed to grab one during a special sale at one of the Montreal orchid society meetings, where we got divisions from the botanical garden! It has 3 pseudobulbs and I spotted one new growth!
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Old 11-01-2019, 05:30 PM
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Me thinks you'll have to wait this one out BUT Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia is great for more info.
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