ISI 2002-17. Dendrobium pierardii Roxb. ex W.J. Hooker

Another surprisingly drought-tolerant orchid, this epiphyte native to SE Asia will tolerate more typically lush orchid culture, given excellent drainage, but performs quite well under drier conditions as well. It flowers dependably each April in our Desert Garden Conservatory though restricted to a small 4" hanging pot for the last several years. The flowers are exquisite, as are those of most dendrobiums, with a pale creamy colored lip contrasted with light lavender petals. Divisions of HBG 62847, a plant obtained from Truford Orchids, a nursery in Calabasas, California. $7.50.

Correction, published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal Vol. 75 (2), March - April, 2003

Dendrobium pierrardii” is Dendrobium aphyllum (Roxb.) C.E.C. Fischer, according to J. Shaw of Kew.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 74 (2), March - April, 2002