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Dendrobium ID?

This is a discussion on Dendrobium ID? within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I agree that it is not kingianum, assuming that is a typical flower. The lip ...

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    I agree that it is not kingianum, assuming that is a typical flower. The lip is quite wrong, and it is the lip,which is diagnostic. D.delicatum is likely, but there are many other hybrids ( delicatum is a natural hybrid ) out there.
    If you can access it, there is an excellent modern book on the Aussie dendrobiums - guide to Dendrobium of Australia, by Peter B. adams, published last year, which will help you. They are a great group of orchids - I am beginning to specialise in Dendro's - find them very rewarding.

    By the way, I would put that plant in a proper pot, if it were mine.all roots need air around them, and glass is likely to lead to condensation on theinside, meaning thatthey may notdryout properly between waterings.

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    Actually the roots are very dry right now since I removed all of the water. I live in an arid environment. The hard part is keeping enough moisture around the roots. I am not sure how a plastic pot is any more proper than a glass one.

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    Roots are bone dry, lots of air around them. Some are still a little green because I sprayed them a few days ago. It is sitting on a lava rock so there is air underneath the root mass.

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    A plastic pot is different from a glass jar, because the pot has drainage holes.

    Btw, those canes look a bit dessicated to me. My kingianums, and their hybrids, keep plump canes all the year. but then I don't live in New Mexico, and I don't think I can make helpful suggestions about culture for you, beause yourenironment isanunknown for me.. I will just say this, even in high altitude ( and hence cooler) parts of Australia, the humidity is not low in rainforest.
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    That's the problem with trying to grow orchids anywhere besides in a rainforest. You have to try to duplicate the environment and if you don't know species it is that can be tricky. This dendrbium looks way better than it did a year ago when I received it. The container has drainage. I pour excess water out of the top and if I want to maintain more humidity I leave a little in the bottom. It usually evapoates within a day or two.
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