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These actually sound like they may be roots (hard to tell for sure without a picture - if you want to send a picture, feel free to attach it by replying to the answer notification email you get). Some orchids grow aerial roots. This article will explain more about them:
That being said, if you don't think they are aerial roots, they would be flower spikes. Leaves develop looking like leaves from the beginning.