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Old 02-13-2020, 12:39 AM
Diane56Victor Diane56Victor is offline
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If anyone has any suggestions what this could be, I would be grateful. I know it would be easier if there was a bloom but its a tiny plant.

Got this Den. last October as a gift. No ID.
As it was extremely purple I assumed too much light/sun and put it on a lower, more shaded shelf.
Its still the same shade of purple and the 2 new growths also have a purple tinge to them, and they definitely grew while on the shaded shelf.
The leaves feel quite solid and are very closed up, not like the other Dens I have.
I potted it in small Orchiata bark. I use rainwater, it gets flushed regularly, seaweed, Strike Back, calcium, mag all very weak solutions with plenty of time to dry.
I grow outside, under a verandah with shadecloth where needed. Constant breezes.
Its grown the 2 shortest growths since I got it.
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:41 AM
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Looks like it is a Brassavola hybrid or a Brassavola that has some beefy rhizomes.

Entirely impossible to even venture a guess without the flowers but I assume you do not have any pics of those, correcf
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Old 02-13-2020, 04:41 AM
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Bearing in mind your location, I would guess an Australian native - Dendrobium, Dockrillia or related species or hybrid.

There are many species in this group and I donít know them well. I do notice it looks like Dockrillia wasellii

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Or maybe a hybrid -
Den. Australian Purple Pepper

Iím not suggesting these are it exactly, there are many candidates - but a good place to start looking.

Usually, they are grown mounted. Most of the terete or semi-terete ones are lithophytes. Many of the terete species were hybridised with D. kingianum and D. speciousum, in fact there are thousands of hybrids (as I expect you know).

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Old 02-13-2020, 06:26 PM
Diane56Victor Diane56Victor is offline
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Thank you for your thoughts.

The shape and growth habits of the leaves on the orchids you both suggested do match what I can see on my plant.

The person that gifted it to me had forgotten what it was as the tag got lost and the plant ended up being pushed to the back because it wasnt growing for them. They suggested it could be a Den.

Sorry DC no photos of blooms.

Arron...I too thought it could be one of the thousands of Den. hybrids but you did push me to think of Dockrilla.
The Den. Purple Pepper is one I've never heard of, but again leaves are similar and the colour mentioned in the plant name means its another one to consider given the colour of the leaves of my plant.

Other growers have said it needed to be in a smaller pot, despite being in an already small pot. So Ive repotted into a tiny net pot, this gave me the chance to check the roots again after four months. Not good, not many, white, dry looking despite regular small waterings but definitely no worse than when I first got it and the new growths have given me some hope that its trying to recover. Fingers crossed for some new roots now.

I suspect only time is going to give me the answer!
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