Dendrobium farmeri – 365 days of orchids – day 850

We have another of the dramatic dendrobiums in flower this week with Dendrobium farmeri. This species is similar to Dendrobium thyrsiflorum but with pinky petals and a yellow lip rather than white petals and a yellow lip. The flowers are often a little more closed than Dendrobium thyrsiflorum (see below for comparison)

Dendrobium farmeri is found from Sikkim to South East Asia and we have seen it growing at an altitude of 500m on large boulders in West Bengal near Kalimpong in full sun where it would experience wet summers and much dryer cooler winters.

We grow the several clones of the species in the same conditions as Dendrobium thyrsiflorum in baskets in our Warm Asia section.


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