Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dove Orchid

I have just noticed that our Dove Orchid, Dendrobium crumenatum, has flowered again, although there are now only a few blooms left. This beautiful little orchid is found growing naturally on tropical trees in parts of Asia and flowers when there is a drop in temperature, usually associated with rain - and yes, two nights ago it was quite cool and rainy! The blooms are about 3-4 cm across and only last for a couple of days.

The Malay people believe it is a talisman against evil and often plant one near their front door, something we didn't realise when we 'planted' ours alongside this tree-fern ... near our front door! Touch wood, to date it seems to have been working!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh could you be my savior? i've just come back from Ayr near townsville with a little Dove orchid my aunt gave me but when researching it on the web i found it was nothing like the one on so many web sites.