Fringe Lipped Dendrobium
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Fringe Lipped Dendrobium
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Fringe-Lipped Dendrobium • Manipuri: ꯌꯦꯟꯁꯔꯩ Yensarei, ꯌꯦꯟꯂꯩ Yenlei
Botanical name: Dendrobium fimbriatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Fringe Lipped Dendrobium is a large-sized, orchid growing on trees, rocks or on the ground, with long, erect, arching or drooping, light-yellow green when aged, to 4' long Stems. The stems are thickest in the middle and have many oblong, to lanceshaped, pointed or tapering deciduous leaves. The plant flowers in March through May but can bloom at most any time on a pendant, in leaf-axils, 6-15 flowered raceme that arises from the nodes near the tip of leafless and mature canes and has sour smelling flowers and watering should be heaviest in the summer but they need some water even in winters. Grow epiphytically on a bark slab, or in slatted baskets with epiphytic orchid potting mix. A temperate-growing orchid, requiring humidity and partial shade from late-spring through summer, full light the remainder of the year. Keep dry in winter. Flowers best in small containers. Fringe-Lipped Dendrobium is found in SE Asia in humid, mossy mixed and coniferous forests at elevations of 500-2400 m.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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