365 days of orchids – day 253 – Dendrobium striolatum

This is an unusual species from Australia found growing on cliffs and boulders in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania in exposed conditions. It copes with these exposed conditions with short (15cm) terete leaves and a slow growth habit.

Each autumn it produces one or two long lasting flowers from the base of this year’s leaves and the flowers are relatively large (up to 1.5cm) and non-resupinate (up side down).

The whole plant is pendulous and so we grow the species mounted on cork and avoid disturbance to its leisurely progress. This plant was deflasked in 200o and is still a smallish plant after seventeen years although it flowers regularly every year.


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