- San Diego Zoo
Orchid: Dendrobium Dendrobium unicum
FAMILY: ORCHIDACEAE (Orchid Family)
The Chinese have long believed that certain species of Dendrobium orchids make people stronger and more able to withstand life's vicissitudes. They continue to use dendrobiums in medicine today as Yin (to balance the Yang) for the stomach and appetite. Research has shown that some of these orchids have antibacterial and anti-tumor properties.
Native to the Australasia area, dendrobiums have about 1,600 species, including this unique Dendrobium unicum from Thailand, which has a pleasant banana-and-orange scent.