Dendrobium jinghuanum (Section Dendrobium) is a new species described only in 2020! Welcome! I can’t describe this guy as a miniature (he’s not), but because he’s mounted, he doesn’t take up room on my bench, so that’s okay. He is essentially the brother to Dendrobium bensoniae who is a super easy guy to grow. That’s another reason I’m happy to have him. To me, the flower looks like a cross between D. bensoniae and D. pendulum with purple on the distal portion of the petals.
As with all deciduous Dendrobiums, D. jinghuanum produces new, leafy canes in the spring, and then loses his leaves in the fall. I also think it’s cool that the new growths grow UP, but the mature canes become pendulous over time. Then the gorgeous flowers follow. If you would like to read all about Dendrobium jinghuanum, his full description, including photos of him and his relatives, can be found here.
Mature, mounted plants
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