That’s wonderful that your orchids are doing well, and yours certainly looks like it’s in great shape. However—and this is not a bad thing—it doesn’t appear to be a Cattleya, but another genus of orchid. So, what type of orchid is it, actually? Let’s find out…
The orchid in the photos is part of the Dendrobium genus of orchids, which is one of the largest orchid genera, with more than a thousand currently recognized species! It’s no coincidence that this is one of the orchids you have growing on a tree. The name Dendrobium is translated from the ancient Greek words dendron (“tree”) and bios (“life): “living on a tree.”
How can you tell that the orchid is a Dendrobium rather than a Cattleya?
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