a plant of the genus Dendrobium having stems like cane and usually showy racemose flowers
Their flower spikes are commonly used as cut flowers and orchid leis. Phalaenopsis-type are evergreen while other dendrobiums shed their leaves in fall and winter.
Dendrobium Swartz is a large genus of tropical orchids that consists of about 1200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout much of south, east and southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Borneo, Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. The name is from the Greek dendron (meaning tree) and bios (meaning life).