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MOOREI ORCHID (Dendrobium moorei)
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Dendrobium moorei

Dendrobium moorei          Moorei orchid      Family ORCHIDACEAE


An epiphyte on branches of trees, occasionally on rocks and cliffs. Stems erect and rigid; the delicate white flowers are snow white and appear frosted when viewed close up. R.D. Fitzgerald described the flowers as " like a snow flake in the very act of melting." In days past this orchid was used in bridal bouquets for Island weddings, requiring an early climb to mountain areas. An endemic species, common in the southern mountains from about 400m to the summits, occasionally down to 200m.

Leaves lanceolate 6-12cm X 2cm, dark green, leathery; usually 4 or 5 crowded at the end of a furrowed cylindrical stem up to 20cm long. Flower (all year, peak Dec-May) 5 to 15 flowers clustered along a thin stalk to 8cm long; crystalline white, some having pink blotches inside; 18mm long, tending to droop; petals, sepals and labellum linear - lanceolate; spur 8mm long. Fruit a capsule 20mm long, green. Some plants produce aerial growths to colonise areas. 




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