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Dendrobium tetragonum var. album

Dendrobium tetragonum var. album

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Introducing the Dendrobium tetragonum var. album, a captivating orchid species native to the Illawarra region of New South Wales to southeast Queensland, Australia. Flourishing on tree trunks and larger branches along stream banks in subtropical or temperate rainforests, these orchids thrive in shaded areas near creeks, while those at higher altitudes away from permanent water sources benefit from frequent fogs and mists that maintain a moist atmosphere. Seedlings are commonly found near ground level, establishing a unique and resilient presence in their natural habitat.

Among the Dendrobium tetragonum complex, the var. album stands out with its remarkably short pseudobulbs, typically measuring no more than 12 to 16 inches long. A healthy plant usually boasts around 10 canes, but under optimal conditions, this species can exhibit extraordinary growth with up to 30 or more pseudobulbs. Despite the petite size of its flowers, ranging from 2 to 2.5 inches, their impact is substantial, emanating a strong, sweet, vanilla-like fragrance that captivates the senses.

The flowering display is a true spectacle, with each pseudobulb producing two to five racemes, and multiple racemes contributing to an impressive overall presentation. The flowers showcase a palette of pale green, cream-colored, or yellow hues, adorned with vivid red margins. The wide labellum, featuring lateral lobes similar in width to the mid lobe, adds an exquisite touch. The labellum itself is usually white with striking red markings, although variations with an unmarked mid lobe are not uncommon. Flowering is a springtime event, adding a burst of color and fragrance to your growing space.

Within the Dendrobium tetragonum var. album, the star-shaped flowers share common characteristics, such as larger sepals compared to thin, small petals. A unique feature is the slight twist or kink in the dorsal sepal, a trait often observed in hybrids. The labellum, distinct for each species, showcases a tendency for the mid lobe to gracefully roll under, contributing to the orchid's overall allure. While variations in size and coloration exist, the shared characteristics create a harmonious and captivating display.

Dendrobium tetragonum var. album, this is a blooming size plant in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Cultivating these rare orchids provides a unique opportunity for enthusiasts in the USA to enjoy the beauty of this particular color form. With proper care and attention to its natural habitat conditions, the Dendrobium tetragonum var. album is sure to thrive, rewarding growers with its exquisite blooms and enchanting fragrance. Elevate your orchid collection with this rare and distinctive species, a testament to the beauty of nature's diversity.

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