365 days of orchids – day 28 – Dendrobium kiauense

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Today we have another Dendrobium with an unusual growth form. Dendrobium kiauense is one of a group of dendrobiums that grow stems of alternate overlapping leaves. The pretty little flowers emerge along the stem in little clusters and are produced several times throughout the year.

dendrobium kiauense plant

We find the plant enjoys growing in a small basket of lumpy bark compost as you can see in this photo.

The species is native to the lower forests of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, on the Island of Borneo. We have seen related species in Sikkim and Laos and found them growing on lower branches and trunks on evergreen trees in shade implying that the species prefers protection from full sun. Our plant grows in the Warm Asia section (minimum 17C)


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