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David Farber wrote:

Is there a word in the orchid world which is equivalent to the word, "mutt,"
in the dog world?

Thanks for your reply.


We call them nonamis (singular nonami) for 'no name'. Everyone knows
that somehow either the tag was lost, it came to you without a name, or
the vendor never had a name in the first place.

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There are two Norman's locations in L.A. One is in Montclair and there is a
sister store in the Flower District of downtown Los Angeles called, "Orchid
Affair." The downtown store has one set of business hours for wholesalers
and another set for regular people. It's on my to do list.


I'll second the idea of visiting Norman's. The owner gave me a tour of
their greenhouses in Montclair and it was jaw-dropping. Try to visit
during one of their open houses and you'll get attractive discounts
and see interesting presentation. You can also browse their collection
on-line at http://www.orchids.com/

The blooms opened up yesterday. So what do the experts say?http://members.dslextreme.com/users/...id/orchid.html


It seems clear that your Costco orchid is an oncidium hybrid. Oncidium
species can be combined with others to create easier-to-grow plants
that bloom multiple times per year. From my identification book, the
blooms in your photograph appear to be those of the hybrid called
'Oncidium Gower Ramsey'. It is a cross between Goldiana and Guinea
Gold.

From the Complete Guide to Orchids by Ortho Books, p. 167:

"This grex makes an excellent orchid for beginners. It is easy to grow
on a bright windowsill, forgiving of imperfect culture, and a prolific
bloomer. Even on a young plant, its 1/2-inch-wide, chrome yellow
flowers appear in profusion on tall, branching spikes to resemble
cheery dancing ladies in full, brightly colored skirts. A widely sold
hybrid, it will grace its growing area with glowing inflorescences
twice each year...."

Hope that helps,

Munir
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Munir wrote:
There are two Norman's locations in L.A. One is in Montclair and
there is a
sister store in the Flower District of downtown Los Angeles called,
"Orchid
Affair." The downtown store has one set of business hours for
wholesalers
and another set for regular people. It's on my to do list.


I'll second the idea of visiting Norman's. The owner gave me a tour of
their greenhouses in Montclair and it was jaw-dropping. Try to visit
during one of their open houses and you'll get attractive discounts
and see interesting presentation. You can also browse their collection
on-line at http://www.orchids.com/

The blooms opened up yesterday. So what do the experts
say?http://members.dslextreme.com/users/...id/orchid.html


It seems clear that your Costco orchid is an oncidium hybrid. Oncidium
species can be combined with others to create easier-to-grow plants
that bloom multiple times per year. From my identification book, the
blooms in your photograph appear to be those of the hybrid called
'Oncidium Gower Ramsey'. It is a cross between Goldiana and Guinea
Gold.

From the Complete Guide to Orchids by Ortho Books, p. 167:

"This grex makes an excellent orchid for beginners. It is easy to grow
on a bright windowsill, forgiving of imperfect culture, and a prolific
bloomer. Even on a young plant, its 1/2-inch-wide, chrome yellow
flowers appear in profusion on tall, branching spikes to resemble
cheery dancing ladies in full, brightly colored skirts. A widely sold
hybrid, it will grace its growing area with glowing inflorescences
twice each year...."

Hope that helps,

Munir


Hi Munir,

Thanks, that does help quite a bit!
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L.A., CA


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I bought this at Costco. The flower had already bloomed but was well beyond
its prime. It's many months later and the plant looks very healthy. Any idea
what kind it is?

http://members.dslextreme.com/users/...id/orchid.html

Thanks for your reply.
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David Farber
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not sure to be honest.
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David Farber wrote:

There are two Norman's locations in L.A. One is in Montclair and there is a
sister store in the Flower District of downtown Los Angeles called, "Orchid
Affair." The downtown store has one set of business hours for wholesalers
and another set for regular people. It's on my to do list.

The blooms opened up yesterday. So what do the experts say?
orchid

Thanks for your reply.


Yoiks, it could be anything. Yellow oncidiums are pretty universal.
Sorry to be of no help.

K Barrett
Well, a month ago, I said the pseudobulbs looked too elongated to be
pure Oncidium. Now that I see the flowers, I don't see anything there
but Oncidium. It's not exactly like any one I remember seeing in person.
I can't even tell you if it's a species or a hybrid.


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Can you tell from the close up how much longer it will be
until the flowers bloom?
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Orchid identification is one of the more challenging aspects of growing orchids, as there are literally thousands of species and hybrids that are recognized in the orchid family. Typically, novice orchid lovers start off with an orchid from a grocery store or big box store like Home Depot that caught their eye. Itís not until much later, sometimes too late, that they realize thereís a little more to the story than simply purchasing a plant that is identified as an orchid.
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There are two Norman's locations in L.A. One is in Montclair and there is a
sister store in the Flower District of downtown Los Angeles called, "Orchid
Affair." The downtown store has one set of business hours for wholesalers
and another set for regular people. It's on my to do list.


I'll second the idea of visiting Norman's. The owner gave me a tour of
their greenhouses in Montclair and it was jaw-dropping. Try to visit
during one of their open houses and you'll get attractive discounts
and see interesting presentation. You can also browse their collection
on-line at ORCHIDS.COM Your Christmas Holiday Orchid Source buy send orchid plant online

The blooms opened up yesterday. So what do the experts say?orchid


It seems clear that your Costco orchid is an oncidium hybrid. Oncidium
species can be combined with others to create easier-to-grow plants
that bloom multiple times per year. From my identification book, the
blooms in your photograph appear to be those of the hybrid called
'Oncidium Gower Ramsey'. It is a cross between Goldiana and Guinea
Gold.

From the Complete Guide to Orchids by Ortho Books, p. 167:

"This grex makes an excellent orchid for beginners. It is easy to grow
on a bright windowsill, forgiving of imperfect culture, and a prolific
bloomer. Even on a young plant, its 1/2-inch-wide, chrome yellow
flowers appear in profusion on tall, branching spikes to resemble
cheery dancing ladies in full, brightly colored skirts. A widely sold
hybrid, it will grace its growing area with glowing inflorescences
twice each year...."

Hope that helps,

Munir
The Belle Isle conservatory has several species of thes "upside down" orchids blooming now. They will present a challenge, as they are in subdued light and sometimes moving in the wind generated by the circulation fans.
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David Farber wrote:
Steve wrote:
David Farber wrote:
K Barrett wrote:
K Barrett wrote:
David Farber wrote:
Steve wrote:
David Farber wrote:
K Barrett wrote:
David Farber wrote:
I bought this at Costco. The flower had already bloomed but
was well beyond its prime. It's many months later and the
plant looks very healthy. Any idea what kind it is?

orchid

Thanks for your reply.
Its an oncidium of some sort. Yes, you are doing a nice job
with it. Congrats!

K Barrett
Hi K.

Thanks for the id. Can you tell from the close up how much
longer it will be until the flowers bloom?


Thanks for your reply.
Hi David,
It looks to me like you should have flowers in a week or two.
Possibly longer. When it does bloom, return here with a link to a
picture of it. Then we can get a more accurate idea of whether
it's a pure Oncidium or a hybrid with something else. My first
thought was that the pseudobulbs were a little tall for a pure
Oncidium, but there are LOTS of different Oncidium species and
hybrids. The flowers will probably tell that story.
Steve
Hi Steve,

Thanks for your analysis. I'll post pics of the blooms when they
arrive. --
David Farber
L.A., CA

Steve is right in saying its probably a hybrid of some sort. Costco
wouldn't sell a plain species. You are doing well with yours,
growing a nicely branched inflorescence. The flowers look like
they'll have some sort of tan or reddish brown to them. The
flowers will probably open in about a week. They may start small
then expand over a week's time, getting larger.

Since you are in LA I'll encourage you to try Norman's Orchids (I
think their website is orchids.com) to test if you can resist the
orchid bug, *G*! Sorry I can't recall what city they are in, so its
probably miles from where you are, but at least you can see some
pretty orchid pictures. K Barrett
OOps, I looked at the pic again and it will be a few weeks before
the buds open.

K
There are two Norman's locations in L.A. One is in Montclair and
there is a sister store in the Flower District of downtown Los
Angeles called, "Orchid Affair." The downtown store has one set of
business hours for wholesalers and another set for regular people.
It's on my to do list. The blooms opened up yesterday. So what do the
experts say?
orchid

Thanks for your reply.

Well, a month ago, I said the pseudobulbs looked too elongated to be
pure Oncidium. Now that I see the flowers, I don't see anything there
but Oncidium. It's not exactly like any one I remember seeing in
person. I can't even tell you if it's a species or a hybrid.

Steve


Is there a word in the orchid world which is equivalent to the word, "mutt,"
in the dog world?............


Not exactly. A mutt would be a mixture of breeds, not a pure bred.
In the orchid world, we delight in making all sorts of hybrids, in an
attempt to improve on nature. I have to admit that many hybrid attempts
are poorly planned and turn out to be "dogs".
I've heard people who are avid species collectors refer to all hybrid
orchids as mutts.

Steve
It looks just like Oncidium Gower Ramsey to me, but we can't just name it
so.
Cheers Wendy
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I've heard people who are avid species collectors refer to all hybrid
orchids as mutts.
They're called mutts (slang) or cross-breeds (proper term).


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I'm not sure what type of orchid it is because it doesn't look like an orchid. I think it is a pink bromeliad.
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This pictorial shows examples of orchids and identifies the type of orchid. You can use this guide when reporting an orchid that has no label and if you are unsure which genera it is. The following orchids are commonly sold in nurseries, groceries and box stores and are sometimes sold with no label other than simply "orchid". Many of these orchids are shown in full bloom in our orchid gallery.


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