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Dendrobium nobile is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
Tree trunks in mountain forests, also on rocks in mountain valleys at elevations of 500 - 1700 metres[
This species is cultivated as a medicinal plant in China[
A very ornamental plant[
The dried plant can come back into growth[
The whole plant contains mucilage and the alkaloid dendrobine[
]. It is antiphlogistic, pectoral, sialogogue, stomachic and tonic[
]. It is used in Vietnam as a tonic in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, general debility, flatulence, dyspepsia, reduced salivation, parched and thirsty mouth, night sweats, fever and anorexia[
]. It is also said to be effective in the treatment of sexual impotence, arthralgia, lumbago, pain in the extremities etc[
]. The plant is harvested at the end of the growing season and dried for later use[
]. The dried plants are imbued with alcohol and steam cooked before use[
Seed - surface sow, preferably as soon as it is ripe, in the greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out. The seed of this species is extremely simple, it has a minute embryo surrounded by a single layer of protective cells. It contains very little food reserves and depends upon a symbiotic relationship with a species of soil-dwelling fungus. The fungal hyphae invade the seed and enter the cells of the embryo. The orchid soon begins to digest the fungal tissue and this acts as a food supply for the plant until it is able to obtain nutrients from decaying material in the soil[
]. It is best to use some of the soil that is growing around established plants in order to introduce the fungus, or to sow the seed around a plant of the same species and allow the seedlings to grow on until they are large enough to move.