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Old 04-14-2020, 11:24 AM
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So I purchased a Lepanthes calodictyon back in January. When I received it, all but one leaf had fallen off in transport and that last leaf fell off a day later. I kept an eye on it for a week, soaked it several times, and it looked pretty dead. I put it back in its Tupperware, intending on trashing it, sealed the lid and promptly forgot about it behind my coffee maker... Fast forward to the covid lockdown. I was cleaning, found this little Tupperware stashed behind the appliances and figured I could save the container for something. Except when I pulled the mount out, I noticed something growing. Itís been living in darkness and hasnít been watered since I put it in there. I really canít tell if this is a weed or not.

The leaves have the wavy edge to them like the calodictyon, you can also see a little bit of the tessellated pattern. The newest growth looks like what I would expect from a Lepenthes (pic with yellow circle), but the color of the leaves is off. Itís a very vibrant green, true to the pics, and I assumed it would be darker since itís been living with zero light for the past 10 weeks. Havenít grown this one before so maybe thatís normal? Iíve never actually looked at weeds this closely before I yank them out of my pots, so thatís where the confusion is coming in. That, and I would be flabbergasted if such a delicate little orchid could come back to life after being treated as such

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the circled thing looks like moss to me
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:15 PM
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I'm 90% sure it is a Lepanthes.
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Old 04-15-2020, 12:13 AM
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the circled thing looks like moss to me
Sorry, I know thatís kind of a crappy picture. Iím 100% positive that circled bit is a new growth of some sort (weed or Lepanthes...), but it is pretty hard to see. The moss around it started to green up when found it and put it under lights. Iíll try to take a better image in the sun tomorrow with my macro lens. I was comparing that little thing to my other Lepanthes which is what got me wondering if this thing did indeed come back to life.

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I'm 90% sure it is a Lepanthes.
Awesome! Youíre more confident than me!


(Just realized that I put this in the Beginner section, I meant to put this thread in the Identification section. Sorry!)
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Old 04-15-2020, 02:27 PM
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it seems that there are also some roots in the picture that are characteristic of epiphytes, whose seeds most likely aren't floating around your house, waiting to develop into weeds. so unless those are remnants from a dead Lepanthes, it may very well be a miraculous recovery.
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I'm thinking those growths were in the works even before the last leaf fell off.
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That thing you circled, its definately a lepanthes leaf growth. I have a calo and its new growths look EXACTLY like that, but the shape of the leaves on yours are different than mine, dont know why though. Calo leaves start out bright green and then their patterns darken, so this guys has at least some calo in him.
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