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Orchid Species: Dendrobium speciosum

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Dendrobium speciosum is an orchid species identified by Sm. in 1804.
Genus
Dendrobium (Den.)
Grex
speciosum
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Sm.
Year
1804
ORIGIN: In Queensland Australia and is a species from the D. speciosum alliance, it can be found in the coastal plains and in the highlands at elevations of 20 to 1200 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A large sized, cool to warm growing terrestrial or lithophyte with stems enveloped by sheaths carrying 4 large, leathery, purplish leaves that blooms on an axillary, semi-erect to pendant, racemose, many flowered inflorescence that arise from the nodes at the apex of the cane occurring in the late winter and spring. They experience a wet season from summer through autumn and then it is considerably drier from winter till spring and they can take some direct sunlight.

FLOWER SIZE: 1.2 inches [3 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Dendrobium Den curvicaule 1989 (F.M.Bailey) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Dendrobium Den speciosum var. curvicaule 1896 F.M.Bailey
Add+ Callista Callista speciosa 1891 (Sm.) Kuntze
Add+ Dendrobium Den hillii 1861 F.Muell.
Add+ Dendrobium Den rex 1989 M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Dendrobium Den tarberi 1989 M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Thelychiton Tly capricornicus 2002 (Clemesha) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Thelychiton Tly curvicaulis 2002 (F.M.Bailey) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Thelychiton Tly pedunculatus 2002 (Clemesha) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Thelychiton Tly rex 2002 (M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Thelychiton Tly speciosus 2002 (Sm.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Thelychiton Tly tarberi 2002 (M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Add+ Tropilis Tpl speciosa 1982 (Sm.) Butzin
Add+ Dendrobium Den speciosum var. pendunculatum
Add+ Dendrocoryne Dendrocoryne speciosum 1981 (Sm.) Brieger in F.R.R.Schlechter
Add+ Dendrobium Den pedunculatum 1989 (Clemesha) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.
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  1. Edward Zapata
    over 1 year ago
    Noted first spike buds Dec 2,this yr 2019. So Calif.
  2. Carol Holdren
    over 2 years ago
    We cannot grow these very well is South Florida so sometimes when orchid judges see a baby at a local show they are very impressed - until they do the research!
    1. Edward Zapata
      over 2 years ago
      Guess it's too hot there. You probably have some problems with the Cymbidiums too.
  3. Edward Zapata
    over 2 years ago
    Easy outside grower here in Southern Calif. I have many blooming size and some seedlings. They are the hardiest plants I own. Reliable bloomer. Protect from frost is only caution which rarely occurs here. Grow in large bark(~1inch) with charcol. 20-20 every 2-3 weeks. Maybe some high bloom late Winter -early Spring. These plants can get huge.
    1. Edward Zapata
      over 2 years ago
      I noted several of my D. speciosum have what looks like flower spike buds. I just sprayed a few weeks ago with high bloom fertilizer.

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