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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresDendrobium thyrsiflorum

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

Flower
Family Orchidaceae
Name Dendrobium thyrsiflorum
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.

  See also:  Dendrobium

This Dendrobium is found across a wide range from the foothills of the Himalays to southern China, to Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. It grows as an epiphyte or sometimes lithophyte in high elevation monsoon forests. Coming from monsoon areas, it requires a dry rest in the winter. The robust canes carry a head of 3-5 leathery leaves which last for several years.

Second year canes grow one or more inflorescences from the top of the cane in the spring. The inflorescences arch gracefully downwards, each carrying a large number of flowers, and when open, looking like a bunch of grapes. Each flower has a large labellum, frilled on the edges. Unfortunately the flowers only last for one week or so.

This plant can grow to quite large specimens and when it flowers all around, it looks spectacular.



Buds

Inflorescences

First fowering of a small plant growing in a 100mm pot.

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