I purchased this Dendrobium Kingianum at Trader Joe’s on November 21st. I was surprised to see it there, as these orchids are sometimes hard to find.
From the orchidnature.com website [my changes to their text]:
The Dendrobium Kingianum, recently reclassified as Thelychiton kingianus, grows in Australia and is also called the Pink Rock Orchid. This orchid is a lithophyte — i.e., it grows on or among rocks.
This orchid will grow at any light level, but strong light is required for full potential. In low light levels this orchid will not bloom, a sign of adequate light is a red tinge to the leaves. If the foliage is very dark green, it means the orchid isn’t receiving enough light.
In the winter time, the Kingianum needs an extreme cool down in order to initiate flower spikes. If kept in temperatures over 50º F (10º C) in the winter time, blooming might be poor.
I will label this orchid with Dendrobium Kingianum, without trying to find the complete name. This orchid has been hybridized so often, that there are too many that are similar, and I suspect that I could not be accurate with my choice. I will also label it with my “red dot” with indicates that it needs a winter’s rest.
It is quite fragrant in the afternoons.