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This is a discussion on Dendrobium microbulbon within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Branka, my Den. elliottianum(in bloom now also, same as your Den. microbulbon shown here) has ...
Branka, my Den. elliottianum(in bloom now also, same as your Den. microbulbon shown here) has no fragrance. My Den. microbulbon is not in bloom now but I would say no fragrance either(if I remember it right).
Edit: IOSPE does have wrong photos but it still is one of the best websites around. I can't commend on that microbulbon on IOSPE, but personally, I like to trust Higgins and Peter O'Byrne's Opinion on this one.
Two years later I finally got a specimen of my own because it was on my wish list scince these Dendrobium microbulbon versus Dendrobium elliottianum threads!
Here is a picture of my new miniature Dendrobium and the tag says 'elliottianum'.
Has there been any inconckusive news these last 2 years about the real name, or can anybody see a specific feature in the picture that can confirm the name?
Branka - love the pop of color on the lip. Very pretty!
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Attaching pictures of both flowers and plant of Dendrobium microbulbon from the Western Ghats.
lovely species. Nice photo and thanks for sharing
Those two photos above are of Den. elliottianum IMO.
Few years ago, there were a bunch of mislabeled Den. garretti on the market, then some ding-dong misidentified those fake Den. garrettii as Den. microbulbon, then three years ago those mislabeled garrettii/Den. microbulbon had been confirmed to be Den. elliottianum by two well-known Dendrobium experts.
Den. microbulbon has different growth(flatter/thinner pbulbs and longer leaves...). I don't have a plant photo in hand, but if you google, you probably will find a plant photo by a well known hobbyist from CA, U.S.. Here is the flower photo of my Den. microbulbon:
I bought my 'elliotianum' at a orchid nursery in germany that mainly does seedlings of species. In the lot of seedlings of this species I clearly could see different intensities of purple in the lip so I selected the most intens pink to purple lips. And as I repotted my new Dendrobium I found that I could clearly separate 2 geneticly different seedlings that I will grow seperately to confirm this next year.
What I want to say with this is that it clearly seems to be a variable species in colour and that the colour of the lip doesn't tell us that much.
So the discription above from Tom that microbulbon has flatter bulbs might give away that my plant is indeed elliotianum. With spring coming up here the leaves might tell some more.
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