There are more than 1600 species of Dendrobium which makes it the second largest genus in the orchid family. Dendrobiums are found throughout India, S.E Asia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Pacific Island, New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. They are mostly epiphytic and sometimes lithophytic.
D. Speciosum or “Rock Lily” is distributed from north-eastern Victoria to far north Cape York Peninsula and is probably Australia’s most widely distributed orchid. Speciosums are found growing on trees a an epiphyte or as a lithophyte on rocks. they have large tapered pseudo-bulbs up to 1 metre.
- Their range covers a number of habitats from coastal lowlands to high in the mountains and in some areas they extend to inland.
- They grow high in the canopy of the forest on trees or on rocks in gorges or cliff faces.
- They often grow into large clumps. The racemes carry numerous fragrant flowers that range from cream to yellow and a large plant in flower makes an impressive display.
Learn more about these orchids and their culture on our Dendrobium speciosum Orchid Care page.
- See more images in our Dendrobium photo gallery.
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