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Dend. Spectabile -questions

This is a discussion on Dend. Spectabile -questions within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It will get BIG, 2 to 3 feet tall. Dendrobium speciosum is not only a ...

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    alan-rr is offline Junior Member
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    Default Dend. speciosum

    It will get BIG, 2 to 3 feet tall.
    Dendrobium speciosum is not only a widespread Australian orchid but also a very variable orchid, forming a species complex. Its varieties can be found in wildly varying habitats as an epiphyte (on branches of rainforest trees) or a lithophyte (on sandstone in open forest) in a continuous distribution along the east coast of Australia and in distinct populations along the Tropic of Capricorn. As a lithophyte, it forms gigantic spreading clumps on rocks and cliff faces, often in full sun, with its roots forming dense, matted beds across the rock. It can be found from sea level to mountain tops.
    My orchid it about 8 years old, someone said 10 years before blooming.
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    spectabile is a slow grower until it establishes itself. This one is quite some time from flowering.
    The leaves will drop off from the old canes eventually although the old canes provide stability with food and water storage for the rest of the plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Plant looks healthy to me. congrats on the buy. i recently bought one and I have mounted in a piece of wood.
    Hope that is one heck of a piece of wood! This species gets BIG! Ones I see at shows here are around 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m) tall.

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