Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
SubTribe: Angraecinae
Genus: Dendrophylax
Rchb.f 1864
Type Species
Dendrophylax hymenanthus

Dendrophylax abbreviated as Denphx in horticultural trade, is a genus of orchids (family Orchidaceae) of the Caribbean Sea comprising about 17 species


Plants are native to three Greater Antillean islands - Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and the United States in Florida.


Plants in this genus consists of a greatly reduced stem and the leaves have been reduced to scales. These roots are used for moisture absorption and their chloroplasts for photosynthesis. The outer layer, the velamen, takes care of acquiring the nutrients and the water uptake. It also protects the inner layers.


Grow in moderate light and with warm temperatures. Plant is grown mounted on cork or tree fern fibers. Water regularly during growing season in the summer and reduce watering during the winter. Plant prefers high humidity.


The plant is named after its epiphytic nature.


  1. Polyrrhiza Pfitzer 1888
  2. Polyradicion Garay, 1969

Species Edit

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