Friday, April 22, 2016
Dendrobium limpidum 'Ashley'
Dendrobium limpidum is from New Guinea and belongs to the Pedilonum section of Dendrobium. This group of Dendrobiums have arching or pendant canes and most of them are quite large. This plant is one of the smallest in the group. It is considered by some to be the same plant as Dendrobium dichaeoides and the plants do resemble another orchid genus named Dichaea with their closely set alternating leaves. The canes are about 10 cm in length and produce clusters of rather small flowers that impress more by their bright color and number than by their individual beauty. The flowers are less than 2 cm but come in clusters of up to 15 flowers. Like the other flowers in the Pedilonum section the flowers tend to be more or less tubular. In this case the flowers are not only tubular but do not open very far and have a lip that curls up to block most of the open end of the flowers. This can be seen in the close-up photos. One very nice thing about this species is that the older canes continue to produce flowers for several years, though the new canes do not bloom the first year. The older canes eventually lose their leaves but will even then continue to produce flowers.