Toothbrush Dendrobium
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Toothbrush Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Paulmathi Vinod
Common name: Toothbrush Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium secundum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium heterostigma, Callista secunda, Pedilonum secundum

Toothbrush Dendrobium is a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing, cane-like orchid growing on trees, with erect or semidrooping, stout, tapering at both ends, grooved stems with oblong to oblong-lanceshaped, persistent, unequally bilobed apically leaves. The plant blooms in the late summer through late spring on last years mature pseudobulb with a 12-13 cm long inflorescence arising from near the tip of the leafless canes with many (up to 50), waxy, glossy, fragrant flowers, all pointing in the same direction, that do not open well, of color varing from the pale pink to the purple. Toothbrush Dendrobium is found in Andaman & Nicobar islands, and SE Asia, in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests and savana-like hill woodlands at elevations of sealevel to 700 m.

Identification credit: Paulmathi Vinod Photographed in Andaman & Nicobar.

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