Purple Blossom, long stem, no leaves

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  1. arlendean

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    Can you identify the front plant in this photo? Is it a Lily?
    Arlen
     

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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Looks like a species of Phalaenopsis, Moth Orchid.
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Is this plant indeed leafless, as the post's title states...?
     
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    Wrong! two large leaves like a goat's wattles (which mad me wonder about some Orchid variety) not that I know what I'm talking about.
    Thanks for the alert.
    Arlen
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Unique simile, arlendean!

    How is your orchid's condition? In fact, how are its roots, drainage situation, and wattles?

    And have no fear in re. not knowing what you're talking about: one or more intrepid Forum members will! Specialty of the house.
     
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    After some four weeks of beauty, it's tired. Since it is an Orchid, I think I should let it stay with it's buddy (don't know the name of this lovely creature either) and rest until it's ready again.
    I'll look up the care and love of "don't touch, just admire -- and love -- I'm an orchid." Any advice welcomed.
    Thank you again.
    Arlen
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Is the orchid sharing a pot with its buddy which appears to be Hypoestes phyllostachya, Polka Dot Plant? Can't tell from the photo.
     
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    Yes.
    They have a bit of room; some 6 inches by eighteen inches. When I got the Moth Orchid home I wanted to free its baby feet and put it in larger planter -- not knowing I was dealing with an orchid. I can give it a new apartment but it seemed quite happy (as I mentioned) for some four weeks or so in its shared dorm.
    Polka Dot plant sounds dead on. Lovely lavender striped/spotted green leaves. Friendly to everyone I've introduced it to.
    Like my midwestern relatives and elementary school friends of years ago, if either Moth Orchid or Polka Dot are unhappy with their, relatively new, neighbor, they/you must convince me it's the society, not the medium.
    Thanks,
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    I'm not growing either plant but I believe the growing medium and watering requirements for these two plants are vastly different. I think it would be best if the buddies got separate rooms. I'll let the experts chime in.
     
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    Phal is epiphytic, polka dot not.
     

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