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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresDendrobium polyanthum

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Glossary
epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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Dendrobium polyanthum

Flowers
Family Orchidaceae
Name Dendrobium polyanthum
Abbreviation Den.
Synonym Dendrobium primulinum
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.
polyanthum From Greek polys meaning many, and Greek anthos meaning flower.

  See also:  Dendrobium

This Dendrobium grows in intermediate elevation monsoon forests of the foothills of the Himalays to Burma, Thailand and the Addaman Islands. The thick trailing canes can grow to a metre long. Growth starts in the spring and by the end of autumn, the canes are fully grown and will start to lose their leaves.

Flower buds appear along the canes in the spring, as new growth is beginning to sprout. The node produces only one flower. The area immediately surrounding the node is somewhat depressed, and this is the way to tell this species apart from other similar species. The long lasting flower are sweetly fragrant and strongly scented.

Coming from monsoon areas, this plant must be kept totally dry over the winter period when it does not have any leaves. It is best grown in a basket or mounted on a raft to allow the training canes to grow properly.


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