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Old 01-24-2021, 04:07 PM
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Hi,

Someone from work sent this to me for Identification. Honestly the picture makes it look fake, but the person who asked me is a serious guy. He is so logical and scientific that if one day he told me ghosts are real its because ghosts are real.

So I ask, anyone know what this is?
My guess, some kind of clivia.
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He writes;

"Please see attachments. I picked this up from a garbage pile in the neighborhood. I suspect that it is some sort of orchid. It does not look like the generic drug-store Phalaenopsis. Instead of splaying out horizontally, the leaves are layered and stand up vertically. Do you have any idea which it might be? (Those are not aerial roots at the bottom; they are wires I think used to support the leaves.)
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Old 01-24-2021, 04:11 PM
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It's from the genus Artificialis
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I hope this is a joke...

I mean the wires kind of give it away considering they are protruding out of the stem. The subtrate is not substrate - it is decorative webbing.
And the biggest givewaey to tell if a plant is real or plastic is to check the colour of the leaves, on plastic plants they will be too green and uniform but as I was about to look the plastic support in the middle of each leaf stood out quite clearly. Real leaves do not have plastic sticks in the middle of them that show when light shines on the leaves as can be seen on the second picture
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The medium seems too dry!
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Are you being serious Tindomul? Or have you been hacked?
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I wouldn't question tindomul, although funny to post it on an online forum, I would question this ghost hunter in future who goes fishing for this stuff out the rubbish.
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He should take it out of the container, cut off all the roots, then ask you why it isn't growing.
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ES has read my mind. Tindo, the guy is playing you. There's a wire sticking out of a leaf! It's "Americanus plasticus."
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Well it looks like I will have to re-evaluate my judgement of the guy. Like I said, I figured it was fake, but the guy its coming from if it is a fake it is completely out of character.

---------- Post added at 08:53 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:47 AM ----------

Ok re-reading the original message, he never claimed it was a live plant. So I answered his email as follows;

"I don't know what plant this is trying be. I would say the design is going for Clivia but not an orchid. It's a nice find though."

What do you think? If he gets upset, I will just say I interpreted the email as though he was telling me it was a fake.


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Perhaps the guy was making a joke? Nice poem by the way... gonna keep that one.
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