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A uniquely orange wild orchid

April 21, 2011

Dendrobium unicum is truly unique! Its orange colour is rare among orchids, and especially among Dendrobiums. It has a limited range in northern Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, and will soon go extinct in the wild. Its habitat is quite variable, from evergreen to deciduous dry forests, and also in the pine belt at 800-1200 meters altitude. At Dokmai Garden we grow it on a longan tree. It was described by the Danish diplomat Gunnar Seidenfaden in 1970.

Eric Danell

Dendrobium unicum, now in blossom at Dokmai Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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