Dockrillia is one of the easy to grow Australian native orchids for warm areas. It occurs naturally along the east coast from north Queensland to southern NSW. It flowers from creamy white to yellow in spring. It is epiphytic and lithophytic, meaning it can grow on trees or rocks in nature, but the home gardener can grow it on either of these or attach them to cork slabs. It does not like to be grown in pots. Water daily in hot weather but decrease watering in winter, which may help to stimulate spring flowering. Fertilising is not a necessity, but small doses of an orchid fertilizer in spring can help if flowering is decreasing. This plant used to be known as Dendrobium linguiforme.
|Scientific Name:||Dockrillia linguiformis|
|Common Name:||Tongue orchid|
|Other Common Names:||Thumbnail orchid|
|Height:||0.1 ~ 0.4 metres|
|Width:||0.3 ~ 0.6 metres|
|Flower Colour:||White, Cream, Yellow|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Plant Environment:||Courtyard, Flower garden|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Needs regular watering|
|Frost Tolerance:||Not frost tolerant|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Wow factor|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.