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Dendrobium chrysotoxum

Orchid

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourYellow orange, hairy
  • Leaf ColourDeep green

Description

Dendrobium chrysotoxum (Orchid). A compact epiphytic species which grows in the foothills of the Himalayas at moderate altitudes. The pseudobulbs are stout and about 20cm long with 2 to 4 leaves at the apex. The inflorescence arches and rises from near the apex of the pseudobulb, it's about 15-20cm long. The 12 to 20 flowers, each about 5cm in diameter, are golden yellow with a large dark orange spot on the tip. Requires only a short resting period in winter, and flowers in spring.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

India

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

In temperate climates, they need to be grown in greenhouses. Can be grown in pots but also on slabs of bark. Weak foliar feeds can be added to the sprays.

Propagation

Plants may be divided during winter. Most species should be repotted when the new shoots first appear. Dendrobiums resent disturbance.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch for attack by red spider mites, aphids and mealy bug.

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