What is this growing on my phalaenopsis orchid. I thought it was a leaf but all the other new leaves are green and dont look like this. Many thanks


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Most odd. It looks like a deformed flower emerging from the center where one would expect leaves. This could be some sort of mixed-up hormonal signal, that makes the leaves resemble tepals. Such abnormalities could possibly be caused by exposure to a chemical or pathogen or the result of a random mutation.

Does that flower-like structure have a pedicel or stem, or does each 'tepal' grow out individually like a leaf?

It would be interesting to remove and dissect it, but that could damage the growing tip... then again, the growing tip already looks severely damaged.

If you do dissect it, please post pictures.
 
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Thanks. Strange. Just got it for Mother’s Day. Since it has stopped blooming it has gotten one leaf, and then 2 and then this strange white thing started to grow. And it is getting 2 new leaves off the side of the plant. I don’t think I’ll cut if off just yet, I think I’ll wait until it is larger and see what develops. I hope it’s going to be OK. I got this from my daughter and would feel awful it if dies. Thanks for your response.
Oh, to answer your question, I can’t tell if there is a stem down there or not.
 

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