Thursday, January 15, 2009
My smallest orchid
This tiny Australian native dendrobium orchid is the smallest orchid in my collection. Its just started flowering couple of days ago and the flowers are pale cream color with quite a strong sweet scent.
I've mounted it among my other australian native orchids on the fern slab since its more practical for it to grow this way than in any type of container. In its natural habitat it grows on branches of trees in our native forests. Like all dendrobiums it holds moisture reserve in its bulbs. Its easy to grow since its requirements are very basic - a bit of light, a bit of moisture and good air circulation.
This orchid been with me quite a few years now and every year in summer it develops another tiny bulb and then sends flowering spike. Another example of the diversity of these beautiful magical plants.