Dendrobium melaleucaphyllum – 365 days of orchids – day 784

This delightful little species is bursting into flower again. As it flowers from old and new pseudobulbs together it gives a fantastic display of its small red, green, brown and white flowers.

This small growing dendrobium comes from Australia where it grows as an epiphyte in humid ravines and gullies in Queensland and New South Wales.

We grow the species mounted as plants are very pendulous and find that it enjoys a shaded and cool environment (Cool Asia or Cool Americas in our greenhouses) with a little less water in the winter but not a prolonged dry period.

The Australian dendrobiums give wonderful variety on a theme and we find many species very easy to grow. This little species is quite closely to the massive Dendrobium speciosum we featured last month which is still in flower.


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