Friday, April 18, 2014

A Dendrobium lindleyi Steud. 1840 with unusually large flowers

I saw this extraordinary plant of Dendrobium lyndleyi some years back in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  The flowers are far larger than those of any other Dendrobium lyndleyi I have seen anywhere.   They even dwarf the flowers of Den. jenkinsii.  This plant doesn't seem to be a hybrid, it has inflorescences that are much, much larger than those of Den. Ueang Pheung (lyndleyi x jenkinsii).  Unfortunately there seem to be only a few plants of this particular orchid and they are  very closely held by heir owners. Apparently this orchid is very rarely exhibited.

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