margarite holm 134

by Kiersten
(Fremont, CA, USA)

Had a smaller orchid plant with the label, "Margarite Holm 134" or "Marguerite Holm 134".

I believe it was a Cymbidium or a Cattleya, though the leaves reminded me more of a Cymbidium. The petals were all about the same size and shape--more triangular edged, not curved. The flowers were about three inches across and were white with about 50-60% coverage of a deep purple coloring, like purple splotches, but they were pretty patterned-looking, not random. The orchid had a slight fragrant aroma to it. It bloomed yearly around mid-February to end of April.

I absolutely loved this orchid and we had it for seven years when it went through a spell of negligence and didn't get watered for several weeks. Please help me find it!

Thanks so much!

Attached is the closest thing I could find on the web. My orchid had the same shape leaves as this one I found, just imagine the purple splotching being all over each petal.

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Apr 02, 2014
Cable's Reply
by: Cable Thompson

The photo you attached is a Cymbidium.

I believe your plant, though, was an Oncostele Margarete Holm (1983) (Oncidium Hans Koch). Do these photos look like your plant? (It seems that a lot of people, including that site, are misspelling the name; here is the correct name as listed in the International Orchid Register. Some of the confusion might be due to the Rhyncostele parent having been reclassified.)

I can't seem to find a grower selling these right now if you want to find a replacement; the most common misspelling seems to be Odontocidium Margaret Holm, which might help you do your own Web searches for it.

Hope that helps!

Apr 02, 2014
Thank you, Cable!!!
by: Kiersten

Yes!!!! This is the very orchid!!!! You helped me find the needle in the haystack! I will search high and low for it, now.

Thank you SO much!!!

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