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Definition of keiki

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Definition as written by Joan:

The Hawaiian word for baby (pronounced KAY-kee).

A small plant that arises from the stem, pseudobulb, or inflorescence of a mature plant. Asexually produced, the baby is an exact clone of the mother plant, and often flowers while still attached.

This usually occurs in the Dendrobium, Epidendrum, and Phalaenopsis orchid genera.

On a Phalaenopsis plant, a keiki usually grows from a node along the flower stem.

On a Dendrobium plant, a keiki usually sprouts from the length of a cane, or from the end of a cane.

This phenomenon is caused by an accumulation of growth hormone at that point, either naturally or by the application of keiki paste

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