Dendrobium falconeri Hook. f. 1856 SECTION Dendrobium

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in situ Thailand

Photo by David Kuehn

FragrancePart sunWarmTo Cool Spring

Common Name Falconer's Dendrobium [English Direcor of Calcutta Botanical Gardens 1800's] - in Thailand - Sai wisut - Rot rueang saeng - Ueang mieng - In China Chuan Zhu Shi Hu

Flower Size 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm]

Found in Assam India, Chinese Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Taiwan as a large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte on lightly shaded branches or tree trunks in dense forests or on rocks along valleys at elevations of 800 to 1900 meters with pendant, branching, knotty, soft, slender stems that frequently form roots at the nodes and grow into a tangled mess. The few, linear, grass-like, quickly deciduous leaves arise on new growth at the apex and blooms on a very short, single flowered inflorescence that arises all along the old and new canes with a single, fragrant flower that lasts about 2 weeks occuring in the spring.

Water should be gradually reduced through the late autumn and winter and then in January the water and fertilizer should be curtailed and the plant should be left to completely dry out with fertilizer and water being reintroduced only after the onset of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Callista falconeri (Hook.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium erythroglossum Hayata 1914; Dendrobium falconeri albidulum Rchb.f. 1876; Dendrobium falconeri var. albidulum (Rchb.f.) B.S.Williams 1894; Dendrobium falconeri var. giganteum B.S.Williams 1885; Dendrobium falconeri var. robustum Rchb.f. 1879; Dendrobium falconeri var. senapatianum C.Deori, Gogoi & A.A.Mao 2010

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