Hi perlite thanx very much , but after surfing the net and looking at your hyperlink and others they don't really match with the plant...the leaves are soft , velvety and a bit succulent.
so I am still searching.?
I know that gardeners, we do everything for our plants ...I posted a couple of messages on other sites on the net. This is the copy of one that I sent to the OrchidLady.com, Linda took the trouble of sending the message to friend so here is the continuing story :
First of all I would like to congratulate you for your magnificent site , it is not only beautifull but educational.
I am another orchid lover and I did had many orchids while I lived in Australia , I had to move to Chile for a while and to my dismay I found that gardening as a hobby in Chile does not exist and of course the culture of orchids is zero!
In my research thru the net, [your site and others] I found out that Chile does have many terrestial native orchids , I contacted the local authorities and no-one knows or isn't telling where they are.
I went hiking and found this plant on a path where cows fed , and I rescued this sample. What struck my attention was the similarity of the leaves to those of the moth orchid [phanelopsis] , and also the roots...
Could you please help me in the identification of this plant , I send you this photo..
Thank you verymuch
Sorry for the colloquial addressing but the letter and the two images you've
sent to Linda Fortner were forwarded to me by her and only your nickname is in
the material I received.
Alas, the plant is either a small-growing species or a premature youngster of an
orchid, but IT IS AN ORCHID.
Try to flower it, then it will be possible to say more about your plant.
Phalaenopsis spp. and most of their relatives are Old World plants as you
So, keep it alive and let's see the flowers!
Dr. T. Pátkai
Department of Plant Physiology
Eötvös Loránd University,
Múzeum krt. 4/A
H-1088 Budapest, Hungary
Yes yes! I should've known from those epiphytic-ish roots! (duh.)
Phals can grow little plants at the end of their flower stalk when done blooming. They're called keikis by orchid people. Awww.
And perhaps put your photo on the Orchids forum?