Dendrobium, (abbreviated as Den) The name is from the Greek dendron meaning tree and bios meaning life. The genus occurs in diverse habitat throughout Himalayas to southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Borneo, Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and New Zealand.
The orchids in this genus often develop pseudobulbs, which unite into a long reed like stem. They grow quickly throughout summer, but take a long rest during winter. In the spring, new shoots are formed from the base of the main plant. Plants generally require a reduction of watering or with holding of water during the winter due to dormancy period. Plants grow in a variety of temperature ranges and lighting ranges which is dependent on the species. Plants can usually be mounted.