Dendrobium pugioniforme – 365 days of orchids – day 848


Another of our star plants from the London Show was this unusual species from Australia. Dendrobium pugioniforme is a remarkable orchid  with thick pointed leaves produced along long pendulous stems. The flowers begin to appear on our plant in early March and the last ones go over at the end of April. As can be seen from the first photo the flowers are non-resupinate (upside down with the lip at the top) and produced in profusion from all along the pendulous stems.

We grow our plant mounted on a largish piece of cork bark but the plant has grown far beyond the mount and now hangs down nearly 2m. We spray the plant daily and hang it up where it gets good light in our Cool Asia section.

We are pleased to say that we have a few bits at the base that are rooted ready for propagating so that we will have a few plants for sale at future shows.


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