Phal mutation?

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Posted by Amy on March 17, 2003 at 08:09:06:

I purchased a phalenopsis on a discount table. For this reason, I know it is a phal but the type was not labeled. This is not my first orchid. It is very healthy but I can not yet identify the correct subspecies.

The plant has two blooming flower stalks. The bottom two flowers on each stalk are unusual in that they each have 4 "petals" only. The lip and the two bottom sepals are "fused" into one curled lip-petal. I believed this to be a beautiful mutation until this morning. Another flower has now opened and it has the typical three sepals, two petals and a lip!

I am certain none of the flowers has been damaged as they all bloomed in my house on a shelf which they are not moved from.

Is this common in the orchid world and I have simply not seen it before?

Thanks for any assistance!

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