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Would this be a Caladenia orchid? I was told this was a Spider orchid. I believe it is cultivated as a Terete Vanda? Full sun, humid conditions. Anyone help with other photos of this orchid.
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That looks more like a crucifix orchid...a sort of Epidendrum...we cant be sure until it blooms. The spider orchid is weedlike leaves with tall spikes...that plant that you have can survive in direct sun and is a very robust hardy plant...you can even water it once in a while and wont complain...the keikis will appear on the flower spikes and sometimes you get a basal keiki...the roots coming out of the stems reveal that it is a crucifix orchid...Caladenias dont bring out roots on the stems

Heres some Australian sites that gives you the difference between the two:

Caladenias:
Esperance Wildflowers: Small Mantis Orchid - Caladenia attingens subsp. gracillima
Crucifix orchids:
Crucifix Orchid (Epidendrum species & hybrids) - Queensland Gardening Information (Brisbane & Qld)

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I don't think it is an Epidendrum, somehow. I do have the "crucifix orchids", but this is nothing like those. This cutting is 1 metre tall, with roots like a Vanda.
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Caladenia are tuberous terrestrial orchids.

What you have is another "Spider Orchid", probably in the genus Arachnis.
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Caladenia are tuberous terrestrial orchids.

What you have is another "Spider Orchid", probably in the genus Arachnis.
Thank you Phillip. I didn't think it was a Caladenia, but Arachnis is what it looks like.
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A clear example of how common names are misleading!
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