Bracted Dendrobium
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Bracted Dendrobium
P Introduced Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Bracted Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium bracteosum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium dixsonii, Dendrobium chrysolabrum

Bracted Dendrobium is a sympodial, warm-growing orchid found growing on trees. Leaves are thin but tough and green with an pointed tip. The plant has slender, erect or hanging yellow-green to green stems which are covered with papery leaf sheaths when young. The stems become grooved and leafless when old. Flowers are usually produced from the nodes of old, leafless stems in dense, short racemes. The flowers can last up to 2 months and are variable in color and waxy, varying from dark red, pink and white with an orange lip. Bracted Dendrobium is native to Paupa New Guinea, cultivated as a garden plant elsewhere.

Identification credit: Bijily Jayaprakash Photographed in Palakkad, Kerala.

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