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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresDendrobium speciosum

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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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Dendrobium speciosum
Family Orchidaceae
Name Dendrobium speciosum
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.
speciosum From Latin speciosus meaning showy or beautiful.

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pedunculatum
speciosum
  See also:  Dendrobium

This robust Dendrobium occurs over a large range along the east coast of Australia. Owing to the large range and different habbitats, there are many varieties. It needs to grow to a large plant before flowering, and can take up to 15 years from seed. The flower sepals are "bow legged" and it passes this characteristic on to its progeny.

peduncle
A stem that supports an inflorescence.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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 pedunculatum


Flowers
Name Dendrobium speciosum var. pedunculatum
Synonym Dendrobium pedunculatum
Etymology
pedunculatum From peduncle (Latinised).

This is the only variety of Dendrobium speciosum that grows inland, where it grows as a lithophyte in the hot and dry monsoon Queensland climate. It is a dwarf compared to other varieties.


Spike

 speciosum

Name Dendrobium speciosum var. speciosum

Dendrobium speciosum var. speciosum comes from the state of Victoria and is the southern most of this Dendrobium's range.


Flower

Dendrobium speciosum 'Windsor Downs' × 'Windermere'

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