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Dendrobium chrysanthum Golden Yellow Flowered Dendrobium

 

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Dendrobium chrysanthum Wallich ex Lindley 1828

Fragrance, Part sun, Cool To Warm,  SpringTo Fall

Common Name The Golden Yellow Flowered Dendrobium - in Thailand - Ueang thian - Ueang kham sai - Ueang pu loei - Bai morakot - In China Shu Hua Shi Hu

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.75 to 5 cm]

This large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte, lithophyte on limestone cliffs in narrow crevasses and terrestrial species is widespread through the Himalayan foothills of the western Himalayas, Assam India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanamar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in humid, mossy, mixed and coniferous forests and primary, broadleafed, evergreen, lowland forests at an elevation of 350 to 2200 meters with pendulous, many noded, sulcate, to 5' [150 cm] long, stems carrying ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, bright shiney green leaves. It blooms from April till November on an axillary, very short, opposite of leaves, few to several flowered, racemose inflorescence that arise on the nodes on the upper portion of an immature leafed pseudobulb. The inflorescence arises opposite of the leaves with 1 to 3 fragrant, fleshy flowers and needs a drier winter rest to set the blooms for the following spring. This species is best placed in a wire basket with well draining media to accommodate their pendant growth habit.

Synonyms Callista chrysantha (Wall.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium chrysanthum var. anophthalama Rchb.f. 1883; Dendrobium chrysanthum var. microphthalama Rchb.f. 1879; Dendrobium paxtonii Lindley not Paxton 1839

 

 

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