An endangered yellow orchid in blossom
The ‘golden club orchid’ (Dendrobium friedericksianum, Orchidaceae) is considered endangered and is only found in the southeast of Thailand. It inhabits the canopies in evergreen lowland forests but we have successfully grown it in a longan tree at Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai. Today I hand pollinated one flower – we’ll see if that works. The pseudobulbs of D. friedericksianum look like Cordyceps fungi, i.e. the club-like, short, glabrous, swollen pseudobulbs have narrow stalks. A variety ‘oculatum’ has flowers with brown blotches.
Text & Photo Eric Danell