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Old 09-21-2020, 08:40 PM
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The aussies will probably see a lot of these Dendrobium discolor in the North part of Australia (eg. North East part).

They grow in the wild in parts of North East Queensland - including on islands off the coast. Quite a common orchid around these parts.

Very nice for those that haven't yet seen the flowers of this species. I have some to upload - some phonepics captured today.

The lighter coloured pics were taken with FLASH. The darker ones without flash. Actually, when it is quite bright (sunny), the flowers do tend to look more like the ones with FLASH.

When I do look close up at the flowers and see the twists and variations of brown/yellow colours and a little green too, plus some violet ........ some nice little patterns in there.

Welcome to click on the higher res pics Google drive links below too for crisper images.

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Old 09-21-2020, 08:41 PM
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I forgot to mention ----- this season, three spikes got destroyed by Dendrobium beetles. After carbaryl was applied, the other three spikes were left untouched! And the pics above showing the opening flower is from the last of the three spikes to open the flowers. All panned out well again for this season!


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Wow! Wonderful! I know some clones of D discolor can grow up to 2.5 m (8 ft) tall. What's the size of yours'
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:46 AM
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those are awesome!!! i love the twisted and weird petals and sepals.

reminds me of a lot of specabile but in different coloring
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Old 09-22-2020, 03:39 PM
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Wow! Wonderful! I know some clones of D discolor can grow up to 2.5 m (8 ft) tall. What's the size of yours'
2.5 m would be awesome sbro ! I will check on the height of mine ..... the ones growing in the pot here could be around 1 metre (but just estimating ...... will have to check once the sun is up today!)

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reminds me of a lot of specabile but in different coloring
I just checked out some pics of spectible online a moment ago DC! Definitely some ties and similarities in there! Very impressive flowers that one ------- one pic of spectible showed Sarracenia-like patterns on the lip (or ...... could also say Sarracenia has spectible-like patterns hehehehe!).

The spectible flowers are very nice indeed.
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Very well done!
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Very well done!
Thanks sam! Ultra kind words.

I have to admit something ----- way back --- a long time ago now --- back when I was approx 16 (years old), I was at a school camping trip to an island called Goold Island. Yes ------ hehehe - that's how it is spelled, pronounced Goo (as in goo-goo, the 'real/true' sounds that a baby makes), with an LD on the end.

It is 1 of the many islands off the coast of North Queensland. On the last day of the camp ----- I noticed a fantastic healthy dendrobium growing on a tree ------ basically growing low down on a tree ---- not high up at all. The canes were so strong. The sun was just blazing down on it. Incredibly hot and intense sun, which just amazed me how this orchid was growing with incredible intense sun blazing down on it.

I just had to collect 1 of the canes. Just 1 cane! This shouldn't have been done - as there are actually laws - orchid gathering laws and ethical rules.

Anyway ----- I didn't foresee that the single cane that I gathered would form a colony that just keeps flourishing and surviving in the back-yard, year after year.

This particular orchid here ------ we go back a long way hehehe. Definitely some sentimental attachments with this one here. I still remember the day ------ the orchid was actually gathered on the last day of the camping trip.

And I basically put the cane in 1 large black-coloured garbage bag - which we had plenty of, and waiting for the boat/ferry to arrive in order to get back to the mainland ---------- it was very memorable -- not just with the orchid in the bag ---- but especially memorable when the 'sandflies' (very tiny biting insects that live in mud mangrove coastal areas) were demolishing my arms and legs ------- and I couldn't do anything about it, because a supposedly 'good' insect repellent - still sold here in Australia - called RID or R.I.D ----- did not work against sandflies!!! The white coloured 'repellent' cream that I packed onto my arms and legs wasn't working at all. The sandflies were behaving as if it wasn't even there. I should have brought along the tried and tested "Aerogard" repellent. I didn't know better at the time. But I know now! Lesson learned big time.

The above is a true story. It is not an admission of guilt. Ok ..... it is an admission of guilt. I don't condone doing that though these days (collecting orchids from the wild heheh ..... it was my 1 and only time!).

Also ------- I still have to check for sbro the rough length of the canes. I forgot to check yesterday - but will remember to today!


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I know some clones of D discolor can grow up to 2.5 m (8 ft) tall. What's the size of yours'
sbro ------- the discolor that I was taking the pics of have canes approximately 1 metre in length. Those super long ones you mentioned will be an awesome sight!
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That is gorgeous. The copper and purple is such a nice contrast on that twisty thing
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