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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresDendrobium chrysanthum

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Glossary
epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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labellum
A highly modified petal that functions to aid the pollination of orchid flowers.
Often called the "Lip", the labellum gives orchid flowers the lop-sided look.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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labellum
A highly modified petal that functions to aid the pollination of orchid flowers.
Often called the "Lip", the labellum gives orchid flowers the lop-sided look.
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Dendrobium chrysanthum

Flower
Family Orchidaceae
Name Dendrobium chrysanthum
Abbreviation Den.
Etymology
Dendrobium From Greek dendron meaning tree, and Greek bios meaning life, referring to the habbit of Dendrobium species growing on trees or being epiphytic.
chrysanthum From Latin chryseus meaning golden, and Greek anthos meaning flower.

  See also:  Dendrobium

This Dendrobium comes from the high foothills of the Himalays to southern China, to south east Asia. It grows as a lithophyte on limestone outcrops in humid forests. It grows cool and is very easy to grow - it will even grow outdoors in Auckland. The canes can grow quite long, erect for the first half of their length, arching over in the next half. The soft pale green leaves are produced on two ranks on alternate sides of the canes.

Flower buds appear on the top half of the canes in late summer. 3-4 flowers are produced on each node. Prior to flowering, the canes lose all their leaves so that by the time the flowers are open the plant is completely bare. The short-lived flowers are golden yellow, with two dark maroon spots in the labellum.

New growth begins not long after the flowers, and this deciduous Dendrobium only needs a short rest period from when it loses it leaves to the time when new growths start.



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Flowers and buds

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