If you’re an orchid aficionado then you might agree the Dendrobium spectabile, also known as ‘The Alien Orchid’ is probably the weirdest looking flower you’re likely to come across at any of the orchid festivals here in Metropolitan Dade County. The fall season (orchid festival time) begins September 22 and many of the orchid societies in South Florida are gearing up for their annual showing which is really unique to this area.
Countless only ‘one-of-a-kind orchid’ from South America, especially, and from around the world will be on exhibit just like the alien dendrobium spectabile. Needless to say, South Florida orchid vendors are beginning to salivate from the jaws while preparing for this fall’s orchid extravaganza which, for many them and for the orchid growers in particular, is a very profitable enterprise. It’s also a good time for great bargains too for the tens of thousands of orchid lovers in and around South Florida.
The Dendrobium spectible is said to be a 'Collector’s Orchid’ but an orchid, nonetheless, that you will either come to love or hate which begs the question … are they really awesome or ugly? It certainly does not fall in the pretty type grouping, but if you want heads to turn when you show this baby, then you needn’t look further. As if to say, if you want pretty this sure as heck is not it.
But like it or not, this is the epitome or ‘Art in Nature’ and as Albert Einstein once said, “look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Not too sure if Einstein’s kudos applies to this alien looking orchid but, as they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
According to the folks at www.OrochidsAmore.com “the dendrobium spectible requires a different care from other dendrobium but care that is easy to give. Unlike common dendrobium, dendrobium spectabile will not flower without much higher levels of light.”
Following is a fractional list of orchid events, vendors and growers in Metropolitan Miami that are very popular in the local orchid community.
- Tamiami Intrnational Orchid Festival
- Redlands International Orchid Festival
- Orchid Society of Coral Gables
- North Dade Orchid Club
- South Florida Orchid Society
- RF Orchids
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