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Dendrobium delicatum

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    Default Dendrobium delicatum

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    Very similar to D.kingianum and often confused; so much so that I have heard traders say "if it's a little 'un it's delicatum, if it's a big 'un it's kingianum" and they are just referring to the height of the canes.
    True, delicatum will flower on canes as small as 4 inches, and rarely gets above 8 inches ( in the plants I have seen and grown) whereas kingianum will flower on canes as small as 8 inches but can be grown to give canes mire than twice that height.
    No doubt taxonomists can distinguish, and I think I can - apar]t from stature, since delicatum has a more complexly lobed lip. There is no other difference in flower shape or size or colour - they range from the pure alba, through the near alba, pale pink and up to dark pink, as here.
    A lovely scent too.

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    What a beauty. I didn't realize how awesome this was one. I absolutely love the color and shape. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lovely !! Very nice pattern on the lip.

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    At first glance look like Den lancifolium, so nice.

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    The color is so rich and wonderul! And the cool lip. Love it!!
    And it doesn't get too big, you say? hhhmmmm.....


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    Very pretty, loving the color!

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    wow that is a very nice one, love it.

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    Formally Dendrobium xdelicatum, a natural hybrid (kingianum x speciosum). If you search it in the Kew database, it shows (kingianum x tarberi), but when you look up tarberi, it is shown as a synonym of speciosum-it looks like they have a little housekeeping to do. The accepted name for the artificially created hybrid is Specio-kingianum. There are three synonyms for this hybrid; I won't list them here for clarity. (If you're curious, check the RHS register). Mine is blooming now too; it's white with a slight lavender blush. I like yours better.

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    just have time to sit after big cleaning day,your purple orchid make my day Jeoff.thank you so so much for such a wonderful picture.

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    Beautiful flowers!

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