Dendrobium lindleyi

Dendrobium lindleyi (also known as D. aggregatum) is a unique and impressive orchid from the mountains of Southern China and Southeast Asia, where it is commonly kept in gardens and still found in the wild. During the cool, dry winters it produces showy bouquets of fragrant yellow flowers for weeks on end, while remaining compact and unobtrusive the rest of the year.

This is a print of an illustration by English artist Sarah Drake, published in an 1835 issue of Edwards's Botanical Register.


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About Dendrobium lindleyi

Dendrobium lindleyi, also known as the yellow butterfly orchid, is a species of orchid with bright yellow flowers that are found in parts of India, Vietnam and Thailand. The species is epiphytic meaning its roots are firmly attached to trees or other structures for stability and to receive moisture. It is known for its hardiness and is regarded as an easy to incorporate orchid in a home.

Named after the legendary English orchidologist John Lindley, D. lindleyi is unique among Dendrobiums for having short, fat pseudobulbs with a single leaf and flowers that last only a few days. However, D. lindleyi produces more flower spikes over a longer period of time than other species of Dendrobium (such as Dendrobium nobile).

The flower of Dendrobium lindleyi is a bright yellow, with a labellum that has a reddish center. It is a large, showy flower with a long spur extending from its center. The blooms are fragrant and open during the day, and the petals have a waxy, almost metallic look when fully bloomed. The leaves are large and have a leathery texture, with shiny, dark green tops that are a deep red color underneath.

Dendrobium lindleyi requires a slight amount of shade to prevent sunburn. The ideal temperatures for this species are between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, although it can survive temperatures ranging from 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It thrives in a moist, well-draining medium and should be watered every other day or when the soil feels dry to the touch. In the wild, the yellow butterfly orchid is an epiphytic species, meaning its roots are securely attached to trees or other structures for support and to receive moisture. As an indoor houseplant, this species is best grown in a potting medium comprised of fir bark, perlite, and sphagnum moss.

To propagate Dendrobium lindleyi, the orchid can be divided by cutting the orchid pseudobulbs into single or multiple pieces, or the flower stalks can be dipped into a rooting hormone solution before planting. This species is prone to attacks by aphids, spiders, and thrips, so it should be monitored closely and treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil if any pest infestations are noted. The yellow butterfly orchid also fares better when it is provided with adequate air circulation to minimize the risk of fungal disease.

Dendrobium lindleyi is popular amongst orchid enthusiasts due to its hardiness and vibrant yellow flowers. It can be grown indoors and outdoors, and is tolerant of both bright and shady areas. It is important to note that this species requires frequent watering and should not be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. The yellow buttefly orchid is easy to propagate and can also tolerate some light pruning to keep the plant looking tidy and healthy.

Overall, Dendrobium lindleyi is an easy to care for species of orchid, with bright yellow flowers and hardy foliage that adds a beautiful pop of color to any home or garden. With proper care and environment, this species can bloom from late spring to late summer, and can be a long-lasting addition to any collection of orchids.