Dendrobium pugioniforme – 365 days of orchids – day 1182


To complement Saturday’s Dendrobium gracilicaule we have today’s 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.



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