BOTTLEBRUSH ORCHID FACTS
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The Bottlebrush Orchid is an epiphytic orchid from Queensland. It usually grows on trees but sometimes grows as a lithophyte on rocks. It produces clusters of white and pink flowers with green tips in heads that resemble a bottlebrush. The cluster is about 10cm to 15cm long, and each individual flower is about 20mm in length. The stems grow to about a metre in height (sometimes longer). The leaves are narrow growing to about 20cm long and about 4cm wide. This plant used to known as Dendrobium smillieae.
grows on trees in rainforest and swamp areas where there is adequate light. Often grows on trees with papery bark.
Coelandria smillieae is found in northern Queensland from around Townsville to Cape York peninsula. It is also found on some of the Torres Strait islands; as well as New Guinea and Indonesia.
Height: 15cm - 150cm
|Common Name:||Bottlebrush Orchid|