Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dendrobium Nestor, (Den, anosmum x Den, parishii)

I got this plant about twenty years ago.  Back then Den. Nestor was something of a rarity.  This plant has an interesting combination of traits of its parents.  The soft color is similar to the most common forms of Den. anosmum.  The lip is very hairy, a characteristic of the lip of Den. parishii.  Den. Nestor has been remade many times with different parents.  The forms that seem to be most popular nowadays are deeply colored and have a shape that is reminiscent of the Den. anosmum parent.  I have seen plants of Den. Nestor being sold as Den. anosmum.  If the plants are inmature it is not that easy to tell apart the hybrid from the species.  However you can tell adult plants of anosmum from the hybrid due to thecomparatively larges size and flowers of anosmum.

Dendrobium anosmum

Dendrobium parishii

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