This Philippine orchid from above 1200 metres was named in 1916 - the name referring to the sac-like labellum (lip). The bract behind each flower prevents it from opening fully but even this can't stop the flowers looking stunning. The flowers range from a dull red to extremely impressive bright red on 20 cm spikes.

This is one of the spectacular Dendrochilums that must be put near the top of the 'must have' list. The sooner you get it, the sooner it will grow into a specimen plant and the sooner you can spend your time drooling over it.

Negatives: .The red colouring varies. A dull red flowering plant will be very disappointing so ask lots of questions when purchasing yours. You want to get a good red coloured plant! Divisions or cuttings will reliably reproduce the colour of the parent plant. Seedlings from a flask may vary significantly so the best strategy if buying seedlings of this or any other orchid is to buy more than one and wait till they flower. This will increase your chance of getting a good coloured plant.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦  Put this one on tomorrow's shopping list.

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