Dendrobium hancockii Rolfe 1903 SECTION Holochrysa

Plant and Flowers

Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt


Common Name Hancock's Dendrobium - In China Xi Ye Shi Hu

Flower Size almost 1 1/4" [to 4 cm]

Found in Yunnan province of southern China on tree trunks in forests or on rocks along valleys at elevations of 200 to 1600 [1600 to 2150] meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic orchid with slender, occasionally branching stems carrying linear, 2.2 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, unequally bidentate apically leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a short, axillary, 1 to 2 flowered, fragrant inflorescence that arises from the apical leaf axils of last years mature canes and occuring in the spring with strongly scented [honey] flowers.

In the winter the water should be reduced and the fertilizer eliminated until new growth appears in the spring.

If the leaves on your orchid are about 3/4" [2 cm] wide then your plant is D odiosum. The column to D odiosum is much shorter and the ventral side of the column has a solid line of hairs going all the way across. In D hancockii the column is twice as long and the ventral side of the apex of the column has a few hairs in the center and sparsely anywhere else.


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