The Jacksonville Orchid Society recieved a number of orchids from the wife of one of its late members and I picked this up more out of curiosity than need; plus, the price was right. It vaguely reminded me of a Dendrobium crumenatum with its furrowed pseudobulbs, but I really didn’t know what it was. Members of the Florida Orchid Grower’s Facebook community properly named it as Dendrobium blumei, a warm to hot growing orchid which will grow nicely in my conditions.
When I brought it home, it was desiccated and I didn’t have much hope for it. However, after placing it in my “wet room” where it was watered twice a day, I was rewarded with this bloom after a few days. In the shape that it was in, I couldn’t help but think it might be on a ‘death-ride’ and producing its last bloom in an effort to get fertilized before perishing. That was last week. A week later, I’m again rewarded with a new blossom, which gives me hope that I may be able to save this orchid. This is a small blossom, 1.7cm vertically, but nicely fragrant. It reminds me of honey, but others suggest something more towards lemon. Unfortunately, the blossom will only last a couple of days.