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    ok, back about 15 years ago or so there was an orchid shop in los angeles (it is no longer there) that had a non-heated greenhouse in the back, and in one corner they were selling these enormous dendrobiums. i never saw them blooming, but these things were between 3 to 4 feet tall, and very thick about 3 to 4 inches at the base. like the size of a baseball bat. i have never again seen these plants anywhere else, not even online to my knowledge. these were deciduous. sometimes the plants were green and leafy (leaves were along the top half of the canes and about 6 inches or so long), sometimes completely bare of leaves and a little shriveled looking. does this sound familiar to anyone? they did not know the name back then, but they suspected they had been collected by the owner's father in Australia. if anyone has an idea, i'd love to figure out what the heck those things were.

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    I assume they were Dendrobium speciosum. They can get large. Here is a picture I found on the net to show how large they can get
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    Very interesting. Tall dendrobiums to 3 or 4 feet are not uncommon but 3-4 inch thick pseudobulbs at the base .......... is another matter.

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    Dendrobium speciosum might get there for size, but it isn't normally deciduous or given a dry rest, so I don't think that's it. An easy plant to find pictures of though, so find some pics that show the pseudobulbs well and see what you think, but I think someone will probably come up with a better suggestion.

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    i'm not sure that is was speciosum. unless they eventually get to baseball bat sized. but these were absolutely bare of leaves in winter time. the divisions they were selling had about 4 or 5 canes each, all huge like that. and seriously about 3-4" thick at the base. like weapon sized pseudobulbs. you could hurt someone. i don't really know for sure they actually were dendros though, but the people there thought they were. i was wondering if it was actually grammatophyllum, but i don't know if they do deciduous. i was reminded of them by the bulb on my monnierara millenium magic 'witchcraft' plant. bulbs that thick, but 3' tall. omg? that plant won't get that size will it??? i'm only finding pictures of smallish plants online.

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    I can't think of any that get that big and are deciduous. Maybe one of our down under members will have a better suggestion

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    Some members of section Spatulata might fit the bill, I saw one at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens yesterday that looked close to my height (around 1.9 m/6'3", give or take) with deciduous older canes that were 2"+ across at the base. From descriptions I've read in the Wood and Lavarack books there are species that get even bigger than that.... I'll see if I have any decent pictures to post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnathaniel View Post
    Some members of section Spatulata might fit the bill, I saw one at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens yesterday that looked close to my height (around 1.9 m/6'3", give or take) with deciduous older canes that were 2"+ across at the base. From descriptions I've read in the Wood and Lavarack books there are species that get even bigger than that.... I'll see if I have any decent pictures to post.
    Yes some dendrobiums from the Spatulata section can grow to quite a size, notably Den lasianthera from Papua New New Guinea. Though they can grow taller than a 6 foot man, the p-bulbs are usually very slim around the base, rarely 1 1/2 inches across. Here are pictures of Den lasianthera and hybrids taken at the 20th WORLD ORCHID CONFERENCE 2011 in Singapore. They were absolutely the largest Dendrobiums at the Show and none with the base of the p-bulbs over 2 inches. In the early 1960s a specimen plant of Den Superbiens (another Spatulata) grown in an 18 inch pot by a friend here is the biggest Dendrobium I have ever seen. The p-bulbs were at least a foot taller than I (5ft - 4in) but the base were only about 1 1/2 inches across.

    I can only speculate that the plant with the baseball sized p-bulb you saw might have been a Grm speciosum.
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    oh wow i love those photos. and where can i get my hands on one of those beautiful masks??? all the png art we get here is dark and spooky.

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    My Dendorbium speciosum. It is 28 inches tall, bulbs are 2 inches thick. I have it about 8 years, someone said 10 years before it blooms.
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