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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresDendrobium fimbriatum

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Glossary
epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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Dendrobium fimbriatum

Inflorescence
Family Orchidaceae
Name Dendrobium fimbriatum
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.
fimbriatum From Latin fimbriatus meaning fringed.

  See also:  Dendrobium

This Dendrobium grows over a wide area in Asia, from southern China to the Himalayas, and south to Malaysia. It has deciduous canes, each cane keeping its leaves for just under two seasons. This way, the plant is always in leaf, even when second year canes drop their leaves, new canes would have already started growing. The flowers are borne on an inflorescence that grows from the top of leafless canes, or canes in the process of losing their leaves. The inflorescences hang down.

The usual form has a dark maroon spot in the lip. This is also the common form in cultivation, known as variety 'Occulatum'. The plain form without the spot is rarer.

The plain form is often confused with Dendrobium chryseum, which it resembles. Dendrobium fimbriatum has more robust and taller canes, whereas Dendrobium chryseum has thin canes. In Dendrobium fimbriatum, the edge of lip is finely cut, whereas the lip of Dendrobium chryseum is smooth. The inflorescence of Dendrobium fimbriatum has up to a dozen flowers, whereas Dendrobium chryseum only has single flowers.



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Flower

Variety 'Oculatum' has a black spot in the lip. This is the common variety.

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