Orchid Keikis

It’s time to tackle another new term: keiki (pronounced Kay-kee). In a previous post I briefly mentioned keikis but did not go into too much detail about them.

From the Hawaiian for ‘baby’, a keiki is a way for some orchids to create a copy of themselves. Keikis are normally produced by Dendrobium or Phalaenopsis orchids as a way for them to ensure their survival. These tiny plants develop from a node (an area from which leaves, or flowers grow) on the parent plant. A keiki is an exact copy of the parent plant when it reaches maturity.

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