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Dockrillia fuliginosa

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by EdM, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. EdM

    EdM Member in Good Standing

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    Dockrillia fuliginosa is a species closely related to Dendrobium, native to Papua New Guinea. The sympodial growths grow pendantly and are spaced about two inches apart and have narrow terete leaves about six inches long. The dark-colored flowers are 3cm (1.25") across, face downward and mostly closed, and have a pleasant spicey fragrance.

    I have it growing on a block of tree fern where the base of the plant has a vigorous root system. I grow it in intermediate conditions in about 2000fc of light, watered several times per week. My plant blooms every few months on recent growths and occasionally several times from older growths. The flowers in these photos are the second blooming from the same growth.
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  2. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    That's really interesting. Thanks, Ed.
     
  3. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    i love the color and the growth pattern. thnx
     
  4. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    That looks like it could get unwieldy quickly. How long/large is the whole plant?
     
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    Love it!!
     
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    I've only had this plant for about two years. Total size right now from the top of the tree fern block to the tip of the lowest leaf is about sixteen inches. I've seen a number of other pendant Dockrilla species at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and they grow as long as you want them to. SBOE pots their big plants in hanging baskets and allows them to fill-in and drape over the sides.
     
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    This is fantastic! Love the pendulous habit.
     
  8. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Oh that's not too bad. I was thinking it would be a few feet of spindly plant. I might hafta investigate owning this one...

    Thanks Ed!
     
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    I need to find that one. I just got D striolatum which is similar. The growth habit seems a bit more like teretifolium. May I ask where you got it?
     
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    exceptional!
     
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    An interesting species, Ed.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice species and new to me. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Thanks all, glad you liked it.

    I believe I got this one from Carolina Orchids (Tom Nasser). He buys up old orchid collections and sells them off at shows. Quite regularly he comes up with some pretty interesting things. Tom's personality rubs some people the wrong way, but I like him and I think he's hilarious, and I've yet to buy something from him that didn't do just great for me.
     
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    I plan to visit Tom in April. I should go more he only lives about 45 minutes away. I will surely look for this one.

    I know lots of people have strong opinions about Tom. But, I have a good time when I go and he is a laugh a minute. Last time I went he took my friends, my wife and myself out to eat so he's good in my book.
     
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    diggin the color!
     
  16. Jean

    Jean whatever

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    Very nice, Ed!! Mine died a while back and I miss it.