Due to this desirability, a commercial grower in Hawaii decided to meristem clone a whole greenhouse of these plants. However, when these clones finally grew to maturity and flowered, the grower found a greenhouse with half of the plants producing white flowers and the other half had purple. What the grower didn’t understand is that the plant with both white AND purple colored flowers is a chimera. What’s a chimera you ask? While we aren’t talking about its more fanciful type, when I say chimera I mean that this plant has two different sets of cells. It’s two plants in one. It happens when two separate fertilized seeds fuse together to form a single composite plant. These composite plants can only be propagated by dividing the plant. When you try to meristem clone the plant, it separates the two different cells from each other, producing “Normal” plants.
The plant I have is one of these plants originating from that greenhouse. While it isn’t the super special chimera plant, it’s still a very lovely plant in it’s own right with intensive breeding in it’s background. It’s parents are Dendrobium Enobi Komachi x Dendrobium Laguna Princess. Both parents have the chimera coloring. After looking through Blue Nanta, (a wonderful website with loads of species and hybrids history), the breakdown of the species found in this are: