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Old 04-14-2019, 08:38 AM
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Hello my friends

Got this plant as a pbulb maybe 3 or 4 years ago and could never be sure about what it was.

From my investigations I believe this is some kind of Xylobium but Iím not sure as it has some characteristics of a Lycaste and also of a Coelogyne.

It has been on a bright north faced window, with cool temps during the winter and hot during the summer.

It never bloomed but this year it seems thereís a spike growing so this could be a good indication.

So, could you help me about what you think it might be (the genus)?

Hereís some photos:

Meteo data at my city here.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:11 AM
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I'm not super familiar with all the species available in your area, nor am I well versed on all the species from those genera you mentioned. However, based on those photos I'm skeptical that it's a Lycaste.

I'm much more inclined to think it's a Coelogyne, but I wouldn't put money on that since the reasons I'm leaning that direction aren't particularly conclusive.

Coelogyne is a much more common genera than Xylobium in general circles, and when I first saw the photos that was my initial reaction to your plant's ID. Then I decided to comb through some photos online of Coelogyne and Xylobiums that superficially appeared similar to your plant's general growth habit, psudeobulb shape, and leaf form. I noticed many examples of Coelogyne with new growths and flower spikes appearing simultaneously, and very limited evidence of Xylobiums doing the same.

So again, nothing conclusive, and hopefully someone more familiar with these genera will chime in, but either way it doesn't look like you'll have to wait long to find out, barring any catastrophes.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:34 AM
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Thanks for the reply, MrHappyRotter

That was useful as I've never considered, in my previous investigations, the fact that there's a new growth growing simultaneously with a spike.

From memory I never saw anything written about it in Xylobium articles. Because I was not aware about it, maybe I've missed it.
Meteo data at my city here.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:09 PM
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Looks like Coelogyne to me. Anf Coelogyne can do spike inside new growth, after or before them.
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