June 14, 2012

Dendrobium violaceum

This is one of several plants of Dendrobium violaceum that I own, and one that is larger than most of the plants I grow.  The species is highly variable in plant size and flower color and this plant is at the larger end, 30 cm tall.  Its saving feature is its compact growth habit.  The flowers are just under 4 cm and open a bright violet which fades to pink over time.  They are very long lasting.  My plant has been in bloom non-stop for the past year, and the present flowers, which still look fresh, were produced last October.  The flowers are produced at the top of the pseudobulbs between the leaves, and the close-up shot shows their ruffled backs, green-tipped sepals, and green and bright orange lip.

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