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Australian Native Dendrobiums

This is a discussion on Australian Native Dendrobiums within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Firstly, really sorry about the all the photos! So, here are a couple of Dendrobiums ...

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    Firstly, really sorry about the all the photos!

    So, here are a couple of Dendrobiums that are flowering at the moment and I thought I'd share them with you.

    1. Dockrillia linguiformis - formerly Dendrobium linguiforme. The genus of terete leaved Australian & Papua New Guinean species have been reclassified to the genus Dockrillia. The common name for this species is the "tongue orchid" because the leaves are flattened and shaped like tongues.


    Unfortunately, I was a bit slack this year and did not manage to take more photos of the other Dockrillias I have including, Dockrillia schoenina, Dockrillia striolata, and a couple of others.

    2. Dendrobium Harold Hirsch - the only hybrid I manage to capture on camera this year. This is it's first flowering.


    3. Dendrobium kingianum 'Black Snake' "Best" x 'Ben' - I can't get a very good picture of this flower because of the colour. It really is so dark!


    4. Dendrobium kingianum 'Red Devil' x 'Red Ink' - another hard to photograph flower because of the colour. It is actually a lot darker than the photo suggests. This clone is probably a better shape than the one above but no need to cull either one... yet...


    5. Dendrobium kingianum 'alba' - unlike albinos from other orchid species, this one is actually really easy to grow - weedlike even.


    6. Dendrobium kingianum 'Fluro King' x 'Chew Bacca' - the first flowering of this species outcross and I am chuffed. I can't remember what they call this colouration but it's not that rare.



    Well, that's all folks. Thanks for looking. Oh, these are all very easy to grow plants. My pants are subjected to temperatures from 4 celsius to 45 celsius. A fair amount of light is required to get them blooming so sunlight except for the hot middle of the day sun, and even then they are just shaded by the trees.


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    P.o.P.

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    Those are beautiful, Tim! I am especially fond of the last one.

    Cheers,
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    My favorite is the last one too. I really like its markings. Also, nice color on #3.

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    They are lovely, Tim. I like them all. I'm also into minis now because of lack of space.

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    very nice plants tim......especially number 3 !!!!..( couldnt help myself i had to say it)
    its funny how the reds from gloucester, mid north coast of nsw, in their breeding history,seem to have the same look about them.
    i know of black snake but i havnt heard of ben before.
    actually, have you heard of the book by peter adams and sheryl lawson called " dendrobium kingianum- a unique australian orchid " ? it is a very informative book on all aspects of kingies, but its not cheap and a little outdated now ( came out in 1995 i think )
    once again nice plants !!!!!

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    I love the black snake too.

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    nice pics, Tim! Didn't know there was that much variation in D king.

    I have a Dockrillia --think mines a hybrid but to lazy to go check at the moment. Buddy of mine gave me a cutting off of his. His gets some nice floral sprays.

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    I think the white ones are lovely. I also liked the blacksnake. The actual blacksnakes were very common where I grew up in Ohio. I was terribly frightened by one when I was in my teens. I was picking strawberries and a big one actually stood up on its tail about 15 feet in front of me. I made it to the house in record time but the berries never did.
    But the next day I had to go back into that strawberry patch again. The berries were a very needed cash crop for us each spring.

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    Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

    Katie, gosh, that must have been scary! And even worse when you have to go back to that patch of strawberries. Did you take a stick along to beat the shrubberies? I also can't stand snakes and run a mile as soon as I see one.

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    Nice Kingies, Timmy!!! I guess it is their season now in Down Under ... Heheheheee ...
    Cheers. Hoa.

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