365 days of orchids – day 254 – Dendrochilum magnum

This is by far our largest Dendrochilum species and September in Warm Asia is dominated by its long hanging spikes of yellow/green flowers and rather strange scent.

The species is native to the Philippines where it grows in mossy forest from 1600 to 2000m and we find it appreciates heavy watering throughout the year. The species makes a fantastic specimen plant and our largest piece currently has more than forty spikes making a wonderful display.

The scent  is sweet and reminds me of grass a few days after cutting. We have notices that flies in particular are powerfully attracted to the flowers but appear rather confused about what to do after they land.


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