Sunday, February 16, 2014
Dendrobium friedericksianum Rchb.f 1887, a lovely specimen plant in a show in Puerto Rico
This beautiful specimen plant was seen in the 2014 Ponce Orchid society show, Ponce, Puerto Rico. I had a hybrid of this species it grew well producing fat and healthy canes. But every year it would produce only three to four flowers near the tip of the largest cane. Disappointed with the plant poor performance I assumed it needed a cooler, more temperate climate. I gave it away to a person that lived in a part of the island where temperatures were more moderate than in the hot coastal lowlands. Even in the cooler part of the island, the plant didn’t bloom any better. But as this specimen plant shows, friedericksianum plants that can both grow and bloom very well in Puerto Rico. This is the first plant of this species that I have ever seen in a local show. This is variety suavissimum.