It is great that so many of you are following 365 days of orchids – I hope we can give you something you enjoy every day. Feel free to post your comments on each day’s offering, and look out for the first public vote which will be at the end of the week. Do feel free to share a link to this page to anyone you think may enjoy following 365 days. Today’s orchid species is rather an impressive one.
This large flowered dramatic Dendrobium is native to the Eastern Himalayas from Assam through China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. We find it does best grown warm (we give it a minimum of 16C) where it seems to flower well without a marked rest period. The long pseudobulbs are particularly attractive with their covering of dark hairs.
On our expeditions to Laos we have found its habitat in evergreen forest with hot wet summers and dryer cooler winters although dew is significant in the dry season leaving the forest damp every morning.