Dendrobium pugioniforme – 365 days of orchids – day 1873
Our Australian dendrobiums are making a great show in the greenhouse so it is time to feature some more of them. The first is Dendrobium pugioniforme, a remarkable species with fleshy pointed leaves along a pendulous rhizome, and the whole thing is covered in very attractive flowers with light green petal and sepals, and a white and pink lip.
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 photos 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 and we spray the plant daily, it hangs up where it gets good light in our Cool Asia section.