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Blotched Cane Orchid Dendrobium gracilicaule

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Dendrobium piestocaulon var. piestocaulon
Phonetic Spelling
den-DROH-bee-um grass-il-lih-KAW-lay
Description

Blotched Cane Orchid is an epiphytic orchid native to Australia.  

These plants grow best in bright, indirect light, idealy a west or south-facing window. 2,000 to 5,000 fc light intensity should be sufficient (full, direct sunlight is approximately 10,000 fc by comparison).  They prefer high humidity, around 60%, and need consistently moist soil.  Allow the soil to only halfway dry out between waterings, never fully. 

 

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#perennials#epiphytic#pet friendly#dappled shade#moist soil#well-drained soil#herbaceous perennials#orchid#partial shade tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#high humidity
 
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#perennials#epiphytic#pet friendly#dappled shade#moist soil#well-drained soil#herbaceous perennials#orchid#partial shade tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#high humidity
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dendrobium
    Species:
    gracilicaule
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Australia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Yellow flowers in unbranched racemes emerging from the top of the pseudobulb.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves grow from the top 1/3rd of the pesudobulb and are elliptical in shape.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No