Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dendrobium hybrid

Close up of flowers

Potted specimen in bloom

Dendrobium seed pod

Keikis growing on mother plant

Here is one of my very first orchids, a hardy dendrobium hybrid. This plant bloomed reliably for many, many years and the blooms were more and more numerous with each passing season. This dendrobium started flowering around Christmas and blooms lasted until early to late summer.
Dendrobium orchids reproduce sexually (pollen and ovary) to produce seed pods and asexually by forming small plantlets growing on the mother plant. The plantlet is called a keiki (means "baby" in Hawaiian).

1 comment:

  1. Orchids are so pretty. There are some places in Asia where you can purchase orchids that have been preserved somehow, outlined in silver to make them sterdy then made into jewlery as broaches. It's really cool. I have had one for 8 years and it is still in perfect condition. Seeing your photos made me think of it.