Canary Orchid (Dendrobium discolor)


Dendrobium discolor Lindl. 1841, commonly called Canary Orchid or Golden Antler Orchid, is an epiphytic and lithophytic growing, large sized orchid species, native to New Guinea and Australia (Queensland).

Inflorescences of the canary orchid can reach lengths up to about 60 cm and carry up to 80 fragrant flowers. The curly flowers get a size of about 7 - 8 cm. Flowering period: all around the year. Dendrobium discolor orchids are very variable in flower colors and flower sizes. The canary orchid requires a warm - hot, humid climate. Plants should never dry out completely, even during the winter rest, whilst watering should be restricted. The plant needs bright light conditions to induce blooming. Dendrobium discolor orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival).

As we found this orchid species for the very first time, years ago at an orchid exhibition and competition in our home town Chiang Mai, North Thailand, we`ve been convinced that it must be an orchid hybrid. It should need several years until we stumbled upon the canary orchid in an orchid shop and we`ve been quite surprised, that it`s a species orchid.

Canary Orchid (Dendrobium discolor)
Flower Photography © Orchids
Image: Canary Orchid (Dendrobium discolor)
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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