I like dendrobium antennatum for being one of the smaller species in the Spatulata family (those antelope dendrobiums). Although it could reach about 4 feet tall, my antennatum never exceeds 2 feet and even at this size, it’s large enough to bloom.
Its name means ‘The Antennaed Dendrobium’, and aptly so. The lime green antenna petals elongate as the flower matures, looking like attractive signal receivers of some sort. Flowers are lightly scented.
Den antennatum can tolerate near full sun. I grow mine in a smallish pot filled with large pieces of broken brick and charcoal for fast drainage. It fairs better when the roots are well ventilated.
Once, all the flowers on one spike produced seed pods. I’ve no idea what natural pollinators lurk in my garden, and it’s interesting to see the flowers ‘bloat’ and looked ripe for the picking.
I had to cut the spike off eventually. The pods got so heavy that it weighed down not only the spike but the pseudobulb.
It’s a pity I don’t know how to germinate orchid seeds. Too complicated to attempt.