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Dendrobium utile

J.J.Sm.

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Diplocaulobium utile (J.J.Sm.) Kraenzl.

Common Name:

Dendrobium utile
Flowers
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General Information

Diplocaulobium utile is an epiphytic orchid with a pseudobulb.
The stems are used locally in making baskets.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Indonesia.

Habitat

Forests from sea level to elevations of 150 metres.

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant has a symbiotic relationship with a species of soil-dwelling fungus. It is important that spores of this fungus are present in any soil in which the plant is grown[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stems that have been split lengthways have a yellowish colour and are used in making baskets[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. This kind of orchid is used as a main component of producing traditional woven products, ornament box, hand bag, and mad edge ornament.

Propagation

Seed - surface sow, preferably as soon as it is ripe, in a container and do not allow the compost to dry out. The seed of this species is extremely simple, it has a minute embryo surrounded by a single layer of protective cells. It contains very little food reserves and depends upon a symbiotic relationship with a species of soil-dwelling fungus. The fungal hyphae invade the seed and enter the cells of the embryo. The orchid soon begins to digest the fungal tissue and this acts as a food supply for the plant until it is able to obtain nutrients from decaying material in the soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. It is best to use some of the soil that is growing around established plants in order to introduce the fungus, or to sow the seed around a plant of the same species and allow the seedlings to grow on until they are large enough to move.
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