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Dendrobium bracteosum

This is a discussion on Dendrobium bracteosum within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; When I first saw Den bracteosum in a friend's collection a few years ago, I ...

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    Default Dendrobium bracteosum

    When I first saw Den bracteosum in a friend's collection a few years ago, I was smitten. It was a mature specimen with masses of purple flowers and in the ensuing years I found it extremely difficult to obtain as this species comes from Papua New Guinea. The few seedlings that were available were very expensive. Early this year I managed to get a good size seedling, the purple flowered variety with 4 canes, the tallest being only 4 inches. It seemed to like my place and has grown very rapidly. Two weeks ago, the first blooms appeared on an older leafless cane and two more spikes on another leafless cane.

    Den bracteosum belongs to the Pedilonium section of Dendrobium, to which our own Den secundum also belongs. The flowers are borne on vey short racemes, usually with 8 - 10 flowers. There are different coloured varieties - purple, white and yellow The white with yellow lip is particularly attractive. BTW I got the alba variety in a thumbpot at the same time that I go this blooming purple one. This white variety grows like a weed and I expect it to flower soon.

    The first 2 pictures are of the blooms on my plant. The other 2 pictures were taken at an orchid show about 2 years ago.
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    Ooh, that's very nice, I'm not normally big on pink or white but I like the shape of them.

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    ive stayed away from these cuz they've never really tickled my fancy... but that bottom left hand pic has me rethinking my stance on these!!! when i go for my weekend stroll through the flower market let's see if one comes home with me!!!

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    Beautiful!! Now I'm smitten

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    Lovely, I can see why you were on a quest to find one for yourself - martha

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    Just fantastic, Yew Sung. Beautiful plants. The photography is stunning.

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    Wow the pink color so intense and so many flowers and spikes too including the white variety I agree with you really love your atmosphere... congratulations Yew.

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    Thanks evreyone for looking in and for your comments.

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    Those are delightful!

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    Thanks for "smittening" us Yew, lol.
    I have this species too, but it has a loooong way to go. Yes, they are quite suitable for our hotter areas.

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