August 16, 2013

Dendrobium cuthbertsonii

Dendrobium cuthbertsonii hardly needs an introduction.  Though a micro-miniature, it is well known for its large and very long-lasting flowers, beautiful pebbled leaves and bright colors.  It also has a reputation for being difficult to grow, but given the right conditions that is not true.  It likes cool temperatures and high humidity but is more forgiving on both counts when grown under very high light.  It is from the highlands of New Guinea and has been extensively hybridized with itself to create large flowers, more temperature tolerant plants and new colors and color combinations.  This is a fairly standard example of the species with typical red-orange flowers that are normally sized as well.  The plant has larger growths than some of 3-4cm, and the flowers are 4-5 cm in length.

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