December 20, 2012

Dendrobium pentapterum

Dendrobium pentapterum is another Oxyglossum Dendrobium from New Guinea.  The plant is 10 cm tall with 3 cm pale green flowers that have an bright orange tip to the lip.  Its most remarkable feature however, is its floriferousness.  It has as many as four flowers at a time from each growth that last up to six months and it continues to bloom from the older growths over many years.  My plant at present is in an 8 cm clay pot and has over 80 flowers on, so crowded that it is hard to see where one ends and another begins.  I had thought about taking it in for judging but discovered that another plant had been awarded with 170 flower, mine not even having half that amount.

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