April 20, 2013

Dendrobium vexillarius

This is a first bloom seedling, blooming on a very small plant.  Both plant size and flower color are extremely variable with this species.  I am very pleased with the flower color which can be red, orange, yellow, white, green, blue, grey, violet, purple or pink.  The flowers are a little less than 2.5 cm.  I am eager to see if how large the plant grows since this species can range from 3-40 cm.  If it stays small it is probably var. elworthyi.  It is from the highlands of New Guinea, the Moluccas and New Ireland, is cool-growing and belongs to the Oxyglossum section of the genus Dendrobium.

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