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Two of my objects are somehow linked to each other in that one of the items are copying itself on the other but I can't figure out how. I don't think its instancing because when I unparent the object and reparent it with another one it doesn't work, and its not using a hair modifier to do it either.

Main question: What relationship are the dashed lines in the outliner indicative of?

I know the green triangle with three dots is a mesh and the solid orange triangle is an object. I pointed an arrow to it in case its hard to see.

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    $\begingroup$ Just to add to the answer - the green triangle has nothing to do with this. It's just mesh data for the leaves.002 object. $\endgroup$ Nov 7, 2020 at 20:42

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Dashed line means the child object isn't present in the same collection.
It probably got left in a different one.

The parent-child relationship still exists, but the 'misplaced child' :( won't be treated as a part of the collection (for instancing, particles or simulations)

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