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I've got a Paph Shin-Yi's Pride that has been growing oddly for a few years now. At first it was just the wrinkled leaves. Within the past six months or so it started putting out multiple leaves from the crown side-by-side. I don't think it's the occasional oddly placed new growth, as these look like individual full-sized leaves. Has anyone ever seen this kind of growth?

The pics I've seen of similarly wrinkled leaves have had captions indicating it's caused by polyploidy. I've got a bunch of flasklings of a white-complex with wrinkled leaves, but I've never heard of a multifloral near-primary with the condition. Just in case, I've sent a piece to Critter Creek for virus testing. I keep the plant around out of morbid curiosity. I'm afraid that if it ever flowers I'll have a spike full of mutants...

Here are a few pics:




--Stephen
 

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Regarding the wrinkled leaves, I have two plants with that.
My lowii, which has a little of that going on, is supposedly 4N.
My philippinense, which is not, has it on older growths, but none of the new leaves. The old leaves look just like your plant though. I figured Norman forgot to water it for a while. :rolleyes:
 

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Well it's not a virus! At least not CymMV or ORSV. I will assume it's polyploidy and wait to see if it ever blooms.

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My lowii, which is my only possibly 4N Paph (that I know of) also has funny bumps on some of the leaves. Just grows that way.

Glad your Shin-Yi's Pride is okay, Stephen. I love that cross!
 

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