Dendrochilum cobbianum

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Cobb's dendrochilum
Dendrochilum cobbianum at the Pacific Orchid Exposition 2010.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
Genus: Dendrochilum
Species:
D. cobbianum
Binomial name
Dendrochilum cobbianum

Dendrochilum cobbianum, or Cobb's dendrochilum, described by Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach in 1880, is an epiphytic orchid occurring in the Philippines, growing on moss-covered trees. It can sometimes occur as a lithophyte growing on rocks at altitudes above 1200 m.

Description[edit]

It possesses white to green-white, creamy flowers with yellow throats that emerge alongside new growth. This flowers have a diameter of 1.8 cm, rather large for this genus. They are fragrant with the scent of new mown hay. When in bloom a multitude of flowers are contained on arching inflorescences, with a length of about 50 cm.

A single lanceolate leaf with prominent midrib sprouts from a conical, yellow pseudobulb.

Cultivation[edit]

This species is easy to grow and generally prefers intermediate temperatures and moderate light. It will generally grow very fast, usually doubling in size every year.

Cultivars[edit]

There are several cultivars available :

  • Dendrochilum cobbianum 'Chartreuse Sentinel' (large flowers, sturdy succulent leaves)
  • Dendrochilum cobbianum 'Fat Leaf' (chartreuse flowers with yellow lip)
  • Dendrochilum cobbianum 'Gold Chain' (with glittering, golden, fragrant flowers)
  • Dendrochilum cobbianum 'Green white' (with long spikes of fragrant, green-white flowers)
  • Dendrochilum cobbianum 'Sentinel 1' (yellow flowers)
  • Dendrochilum cobbianum 'Sentinel's Poco' (miniature creamy flowers with yellow lip)
  • Dendrochilum cobbianum 'Yellow Sentinel' (yellow flower with darker yellow lip)

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