Friday, December 5, 2008
Orchid Dendrobium thrysiflorum
The dense, bunch-like inflorescence, pendulous racemes of this dendrobium orchid are eye-catching and in flower is a beautiful sight to behold. With its white flowers and contrasting orange labellum its beautiful at flowering time. This orchid is native to Burma, Thailand and Laos.
Dendrobium thrysiflorum is an evergreen orchid with dark leaves with flowers appearing in trusses early summer. It grows quite successfully in my garden under the shade of the trees and it gets regular watering during spring, summer and autumn. It needs to be rested during winter months and allowed to dry out almost completely with its pseudobulbs shrivel - a process necessary to initiate the production of flowers.
My plant is a couple of years old and as it develops more canes it will form more flowering trusses. The flowers remain on the plant for about 3 weeks and its unusual and delightful flowers make it desirable addition to any orchid collection.