Dendrobium signatum (Orchidaceae) is another native orchid currently blooming at Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It is a true native of the north, only found in adjacent areas in Burma, Laos and Vietnam. Being a true monsoon plant, it not only endures drought, it demands it! It is therefore a good choice in your Chiang Mai garden since you do not have to worry about its care. The flowers are funnel-shaped with twisted petals. Some specimens have a yellow blotch, some have two dark blotches and such varieties are nicknamed ‘Blackeye’. The pseudobulbs are strikingly fleshy and reminds one of asparagus from Berlin.
Text & Photo: Eric Danell