The fleshy blooms are unique among Dendrochilums. This really beautiful orchid was named in 1997 after Dendrochilum author, Philippine orchid expert and collector, Jim Cootes. It is extremely beautiful, especially the above pink form. The most common colour is cream.

Dendrochilum cootesii grows in the Philippines at around 1800 metres on mossy tree trunks on the fringes of cloud forest. It requires warm, very humid conditions and no frost exposure. Good quality fresh sphagnum moss is suitable and avoid waterlogging.

Negatives: I find this beautiful orchid needs a little bit more care than many others. It needs to be kept warmer and is very fussy about drainage and drying out and particularly fussy about getting high humidity.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦  Don't miss a chance to try this one.

Varieties: None named but there are some variations in colour. The pink form (above) is harder to get.

 

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