A native Australian orchid - common names are King Orchid and Rock Lily - and those common names are confusing because the Dendrobium kingianum (now Thelchiton kingianum) gets called Pink Rock Lily but the speciosum is the King!!! We also have some kingianums - pretty things.
While we are on names - the Royal Botanical Gardens site gives the Eora peoples names for the D or T speciosum/sus and says that:
"The starchy stems of the rock Lily (Dendrobium speciosum) are edible. The stems from a variety of other species of Dendrobium are crushed and applied to sores, wounds and burns..."
Also confusing is the variability inherent to orchids - we've two plants currently flowering - the one in the top photo and this one -
with flowers that are quite cream / lemon in colour, more sparse on the stem and much larger.
|The cream King Orchid flowers are about 1.5" almost 4cm tall|
|The almost white King Orchid flowers are 3/4" or 2cm tall|
Naturally the Blythe dolls love all the spring flowers too :-)
And here I am introducing my latest darling - Ruby Beatrice Rose. Ruby is a Rosie Red BL
Meanwhile - another Blythe & orchid photo and thanks to Beatrix Potter for the quote I'm about to mangle.
|Imogen found the effect of so many orchid flowers is soporific|