Dendrobium Aphyllum (Fragrant Species)

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Dendrobium pierardii or aphyllum or cucullatum is an orchid found in most collections. It is also known as the ‘hooded orchid’ because of the cone shaped lip of the flower. It is attractive and easily cultivated and has long, pendulous stems that become leafless in the resting period and, for a few weeks during the spring. It carries numerous, pinkish violet, fragrant flowers with a pale yellow or whitish lip. Plant is an epiphytic orchid and sometimes lithophytic with clustered, cane-like, overhanging to pendulous stems of 20–200 cm long. The leaves are 3–10 cm long, 1–3 cm wide and deciduous after one growing season. These heavy long cane like stems assume the role of pseudobulbs. The canes are deciduous and the plant produces numerous aerial growths (keikis). The inflorescences are short, arising laterally from the leafless stems of the previous growing season. There are usually many inflorescences per plant, with one to three flowers on each. The flowers are 4–5 cm across and open widely with a pleasant fragrance. The sepals and petals are somewhat translucent, yellowish cream to whitish, more or less strongly suffused and marked with pinkish violet. The lip is trumpet-shaped, variable in width (from 2.0–3.7 cm wide when spread), pale yellow or less often white, whitish at the base, with dark violet branching veins inside the tube-shaped part, and densely covered with soft, short hair on the exterior surface and along the margins, except in the basal part. The flowers are flimsy and short lived, lasting about a week. These are borne on the previous year’s growth.
Description
Dendrobium pierardii or aphyllum or cucullatum is an orchid found in most collections. It is also known as the ‘hooded orchid’ because of the cone shaped lip of the flower. It is attractive and easily cultivated and has long, pendulous stems that become leafless in the resting period and, for a few weeks during the spring. It carries numerous, pinkish violet, fragrant flowers with a pale yellow or whitish lip. Plant is an epiphytic orchid and sometimes lithophytic with clustered, cane-like, overhanging to pendulous stems of 20–200 cm long. The leaves are 3–10 cm long, 1–3 cm wide and deciduous after one growing season. These heavy long cane like stems assume the role of pseudobulbs. The canes are deciduous and the plant produces numerous aerial growths (keikis). The inflorescences are short, arising laterally from the leafless stems of the previous growing season. There are usually many inflorescences per plant, with one to three flowers on each. The flowers are 4–5 cm across and open widely with a pleasant fragrance. The sepals and petals are somewhat translucent, yellowish cream to whitish, more or less strongly suffused and marked with pinkish violet. The lip is trumpet-shaped, variable in width (from 2.0–3.7 cm wide when spread), pale yellow or less often white, whitish at the base, with dark violet branching veins inside the tube-shaped part, and densely covered with soft, short hair on the exterior surface and along the margins, except in the basal part. The flowers are flimsy and short lived, lasting about a week. These are borne on the previous year’s growth.