Dendrobium speciosum

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Dendrobium speciosumDendrobium speciosum

Dendrobium speciosum is a very diverse orchid. Dendrobium speciosum grows in huge racemes with more than a hundred flowers, white or creamy yellow, fragrant and rich in nectar. From a distance, they look like two bunches of white feathers.
It is found on the east coast of Australia and near the Tropic of Capricorn. Terrestrial Dendrobium speciosum, their roots clump together to form a dense, thick root bed that clings to rocks. They grow at sea in huge clusters on rocks or cliffs, at altitudes from 0 m to the tops of mountains.
Dendrobium speciosum is a very popular cultivated plant. Each pseudobulb of Dendrobium speciosum grows 2-5 thick pinnate leaves, which can survive on the plant for up to 12 years. The pseudobulbs are erect or curved, up to 45 cm long, thick at the base and up to 5-7 cm in diameter, tapering to 3 cm in diameter at the apex. The showy flowers form a raceme with straight or slightly curved stems, rich in starch and capable of bearing more than 100 flowers per stem, which are white or pale yellow and flower from August to October. The white labellum has purple spots with red and purple veining.