Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dendrobium kingianum

Dendrobium kingianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis Dendrobium kingianum was almost free, $10 as I recall. I didn't want it as a specimen plant, and I already had a Dendrobium kingianum in my collection. I had some vague thought of dividing and selling the pieces.

Dendrobium kingianum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium kingianum grows in eastern Australia. It is fragrant, needs bright light and needs a dry winter rest.

I put the wide, shallow pot on top of a 5-gallon bucket in the yard while I tried to figure out where to put it. And I needed to have it bloom so I could get a flower picture. Eventually it did bloom, not well but enough, and I got a picture. (not this one, the flowers are paler). I am using this flower picture because it is one of my favorite pictures.

Most of the year it has been hanging in the Sonoma greenhouse. I left it outside for the month of November on the theory that it might need a temperature drop and be dry for awhile. I'm not sure that helped any, but this year's bloom is a little better than last year's.


  1. A few years ago, the powers that be declared that studies have resulted in a more defined genus. The Dendrobium kingianum is now called Thelychiton kingianus as per "A Complete Guide to Native Orchids of Australia". Still a pretty Pink Rock Orchid!

  2. I think we should just go back to all of them being epidendrum.

    Seriously, Dendrobium is one case where I think we need at least three Genus, maybe more.

  3. genera, plural of genus