Miniature Orchid Dyakia hendersoniana

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PLANT SIZE AND TYPE

A truly miniature monopodial orchid species, Dyakia hendersoniana are usually about 3 in. (7.5 cm) tall and rarely grow to more than 4 in. (10 cm) tall.

FLOWERS

Up to 30 on each raceme. The rather delicately fragrant blossoms, which are about 1 in. (2.5 cm) across, are held on pale green pedicellate ovaries. The wide spreading sepals and petals are bright magenta-rose; but the lip and spur are usually somewhat lighter in color, often almost white. The sacklike lip has very small sidelobes with paired spots near the throat and a single callus near the back wall. The appendaged stipe and the flattened spurare two characteristics which differentiate this species from Ascocentrum and Saccolabium.

INFLORESCENCE

Up to 6 in. (15 cm) long. The stiffly erect flower spike emerges from the base of the older leaves.

LEAVES

Up to 5 in. (13 cm) long. Each plant usually carries 4-5 thickly leathery, somewhat down-curving, pale green leaves. The bilobed leaves are narrowly strap-shaped with rather bluntly pointed tips and an uneven margin.

ORIGIN/HABITAT

Borneo. Plants are found in Kalimantan, Sabah, and Sarawak where they grow on trees in rather open, swampy forests or hill forests from near sea level to 2300 ft. (700 m).

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