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Dendrochilum irigense

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Jan 31, 2011.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This Philippine species blooms in the winter. The plant is compact and about 5" tall. I grow it in intermediate conditions, but it is from about 1500 ft elevation so should grow warm as well. The drawback: the flowers smell like the rancid oil you would find in an old unpopped bag of microwave popcorn.
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  2. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    I have had the dubious privilege of smelling this foul creature. Marni is a cunning one, she even tricked me into smelling it twice! It is a cute plant though. Great growing!
     
  3. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    I will say that it is worth smelling at least once, just to experience it!
     
  4. ntgerald

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    Lovely!
    It probably was named after the city of Iriga, in the Bicol Peninsula.
     
  5. dr_dmd

    dr_dmd The dr's out... in the greenhouse!

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    Wow! Well done!
     
  6. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    i like it - opaque and sparkly , i have never let a bag of MWave popcorn sit around long enuf to get rancid..i know what old olive oil smells like though :)