Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dendrobium dichaeoides

Dendrobium dichaeoides is another species from the highlands of Papua New Guinea, but is very different from the Dendrobium agathodaemonis, the species, also from Papua, that I posted recently.  This species has a pendant, creeping growth habit with beautiful opposite leaves on the stems.  Its species name, dichaeoides, refers to the similarity of its foliage to another orchid genus, Dichaea.  The growth are 10-15 cm long and the flowers, which come in these bright clusters are 1 cm in size.