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Phalaenopsis-type dendrobium hybrids are derived from Vappodes phalaenopsis (syn. Dendrobium bigibbum). Commonly referred to as den-phals, they are among the easiest of orchids to grow under most conditions. These evergreen orchids reward the beginner with sprays of vividly colored long-lasting flowers in exchange for minimal care.
A very widespread Dendrobium species found through India, China and the Himalayas to Burma, Thailand, and the Malaysian peninsula. More often found in cultivation under the botanical synonym of Dendrobium pierardii. These plants, which have pendant canes (pseudobulbs), are easily grown in baskets or mounted. In the fall the leaves fall and the plant enjoys a rest, where in water is withheld. In the spring, the fragrant flowers appear from the fallen leaf points. As the flowers fade, new growth begins at the base of the previous years growth. The leafless canes often rebloom for several years. Well grown plants can reach 3 to 4ft in cane lengths.
Species in this section are characterized by large flowers usually white, yellow or green with black or purple markings on the inner surfaces.They are epiphytes of sea level to high altitudes in areas of year-round rainfall.
Dendrobiums, with around 1000 species and inumerable hybrids, the hobbyist is faced with many various growing conditions, and it is cultivated everywhere in the world. There are still more hybrids being discovered in the highlands of New Guinea. This makes them the second largest orchid genus in the world after Bulbophyllum. The shape and form of their stems and leaves vary tremendously, but the pattern of flowers is fairly constant ranging in size from very small to huge. Dendrobiums come from South East Asia in an area that stretches from Northern India to the islands off the East coast of New Guinea and Australia to Polynesia.
See Orchid page for pictures of different orchids and care info.
A very bright eye-stopper new hybrid from Thailand with deep purple and white flowers, high contrast colors!
An outstanding new hybrid from Thailand with bright pink striped flowers, blooms freely year round.
This attractive succulent-like species produces clusters of cream-yellow 3/4 inch flowers with rose-red margins. This species is best mounted on tree fern or cork to accomodate the pendant growth habit. Water heavily from spring through fall and then slack off for a drier winter.