Dendrobium junceum

This is a lesser know Dendrobum species.  It was described by John Lindley in 1842 in the Botanical Register.  The name refers to the rush-like foliage.  This species is not only native to the Philippines, but it is also found in Borneo.  This species has very thin and terete leaves.  They can grow to just over 3 feet long.  For this reason, it is best to grow in a pot or a basket to allow them to hang down.  This is a rather showy flower, about 1" across and they are fragrant.  The flowers will usually appear singly or a few at a time, nut only last a week.  The blooming period is the summer time.  This is an easily grown species and should be more widely found in collections then it is today.  This species requires warm temperatures year round with frequent waterings.  A short rest in the winter can be observed, but I have found it is not needed.

Dendrobium sanderae

  This species was named by Robert Rolfe in the Gardeners' Chronicle in 1909.  Robert named the species after Elizabeth Sander, wife of the great Frederick Sander.
  This dendrobium species is endemic to the islands of the Philippines.  They are typically found around elevations of about 3000 feet.  There are 4 different varieties of this species, luzonicum,

Dendrobium secundum

  This species was named in 1825 by Carl Blume.  The name he gave it this plant was Pedilonum secundum.  In 1829 John Lindley gave this species the currently accepted name of Dendrobium secundum.  Secundum refers to the fact that the flowers all face one direction.  This species is also found in the Himalayas, Burma, Thailand, Sumatra, and Borneo.  This plant grows

up to 3 feet long.  Atop the long canes, there is an explosion of bright pink color in the spring.   There is an alba form available.   There can be as many as 50 flowers per cane.  The flowers are rather small, but the species makes up for the size in volume.  This species needs warm weather year round and should have bright filtered light.  It will need a rest in the winter to encourage blooming in the spring.  The flowers last about 2 weeks.


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