Dendrobium smilliae (Orchidaceae)

Dendrobium smilae

Smilliae the ‘purple-nosed’ orchid,
had a very purple nose
And if you ever saw it,
You’d surely say it glows.

Just like most many orchids, flowers are certainly most helpful in identification. The structure of the inflorescence of this species is quite distinctive, and has earned it the common name of ‘Bottlebrush Orchid’. The Botanic Gardens are certainly one of the best places to see them up close. Bless those gardeners who tend to them.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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