August 2, 2011

Dendrobium delacourii

My first post is this small Dendrobium species. Dendrobium delacourii is native to Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Dendrobium is a huge genus with over 1,000 species. The name is from the Greek dendron (tree) and bios (life); it means "one who lives on trees". They have adapted to a wide variety of habitats, from the high altitudes in the Himalayan mountains to lowland tropical forests and even to the dry climate of the Australian desert. This little species is only about 1/2" across , and it has been blooming for almost two months. It has an interesting fringed lip and no fragrance.

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