To make gold
Dendrobium fimbriatum var. oculatum (Orchidaceae) is a golden orchid with a brown blotch and a fimbriated lip. It is currrently in blossom at Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Native to the dry monsoon forests of northern Thailand it can be grown in your Chiang Mai garden. It may eventually grow really big with hundreds of blossom like the one at Dokmai Garden.
Other native Thai orchids currently in blossom at Dokmai Garden are:
In evening sun filtered through the Chiang Mai smog clouds the flower of Dendrobium fimbriatum var. oculatum looks really golden. It has a faint fragrance of lemon and so ‘golden lemon orchid’ could be a vernacular name in English.
Text & Photo: Eric Danell