Dendrobium nobile

Dendrobium nobile is native across South and Southeast Asia, from the Himalayan foothills west to Thailand and Vietnam. It is the official flower of the Tibetan region of Sikkim and is considered one of the "50 fundamental herbs" in Chinese medicine. Like most epiphytic orchids it prefers to attach to mature trees, but it can also be found growing on mossy cliffs and boulders.

D. nobile is one of the most popular orchids in cultivation (along with the moon orchid Phalaenopsis amabilis) and is the source of many unique cultivars and hybrids. It is also likely to be psychoactive, although little to no formal research has been conducted.

This illustration was done by the English artist Sarah Drake and published by renowned orchidologist John Lindley (who lent his name to the orchid Dendrobium lindleyi) in the 1838 collection "Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers".


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About Dendrobium nobile

Dendrobium nobile is an epiphytic orchid which means that it grows on trees, palms, and rocks, rather than rooted in soil. It has long, succulent, cylindrical stems that can reach lengths of up to a meter, and leaves that are oblong and leathery in texture. This orchid produces large, showy flowers that are typically white or pale pink in color, but can also be found in yellow, purple, and deep blue. The flowers are generally 4-10 cm wide and last for about a week.

In terms of horticultural cultivation, Dendrobium nobile is an easy orchid to maintain. It requires bright, filtered light and high humidity. The temperature should range from 16 to 25 °C, with temperatures below 12°C causing the orchid to become dormant. Its potting mix should be light and airy and composed of ingredients such as bark, peat moss and perlite. As with most orchids, Dendrobium nobile should not be watered too often because it has a low tolerance for wet feet. The flower buds should be gently tapped to encourage better flowering, and the flowers should be deadheaded after they bloom.

For propagation, Dendrobium nobile can be propagated by division of the end branches or by planting cuttings in a sterile medium. The division of the orchid is best done during its dormant period in the winter. The cuttings should be planted in a sterile medium such as sand and perlite, and should be kept in a humid environment until roots form. Once the roots have developed, the cutting can then be potted up in a potting mixture.

Dendrobium nobile is known for its medicinal properties. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and is believed to have potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also said to help reduce fever and improve immunity. The plant has also been used for its medicinal properties in India, with the juice of its flowers used to treat headaches and stomachaches.

Dendrobium nobile is an attractive orchid that is easy to grow under suitable conditions. It provides an abundant display of large, colorful, showy blooms, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to brighten up their home or garden. Whether you are looking to simply admire its beauty or take advantage of its medicinal properties, the Noble Dendrobium is a great option.

The discovery of Dendrobium nobile has a fascinating history, with the original discovery of the species being attributed to the renowned Swedish explorer and botanist, Carl Linnaeus. During his journey to India in the 1700s, Linnaeus was fascinated by the vibrant and varied variety of plants and flowers that he encountered. During his explorations, he uncovered a remarkable species of orchid that he named Dendrobium nobile.

Linnaeus' initial discovery of Dendrobium nobile started the trend for its popularity amongst plant enthusiasts. As its beauty became more renowned, it quickly became a prized possession amongst gardeners and hobbyists alike. The unique characteristics of the flower such as its florescent blooms and sweet scent, quickly drew in admirers, and soon the orchid became synonymous with wealth and exotic beauty.

Due to its growing popularity amongst wealthy collectors and hobbyists, the cultivation of this particular species of orchid quickly grew. In the mid-1800s, orchid breeders began hybridizing the species in order to create new and unique varieties that could fetch higher prices in the orchid market. In addition to the creation of hybrid varieties, various species of Dendrobium nobile have also been crossbred with other types of orchids, such as the Phalaenopsis and Cattleya varieties, in order to create bright and beautiful blooms.

It is also believed that the increased cultivation of Dendrobium nobile has contributed to its conservation, as more hobbyists become more aware of this precious species. This conservation effort has been welcome news to environmentalists and botanists alike, as natural habitats which house Dendrobium nobile are increasingly threatened by human interference and deforestation.

Due to its lush foliage and colorful blooms, the Dendrobium nobile is a highly desired plant amongst flower enthusiasts and orchid enthusiasts alike. Not only does it add beautiful and unique aesthetics, but its sweet scent and long-lasting blooms make it a popular choice amongst many. Its popularity has only grown since its original discovery, making it a timeless favorite amongst many.