Dendrobium agrostophyllum F. Mueller 1872 SECTION Brevisaccata TYPE for the Section Photo courtesy ofGreg and Kerri Steenbeeke and their Orkology Kreations Website

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Common Name The Grassy Leafed Dendrobium - In Australia The Buttercup Orchid

Flower Size up to 1" [to 2.5 cm]

Endemic to northeastern Queesland, Australia in cool cloud forests on upper tree branches or trunks of trees at altitudes of 800 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, creeping row of pseudobulb-like stems carrying 20 or so, thin, grass-like leaves. They bloom with 2 to 10, fragrant, waxy, flowers that do not open fully on a short, racemose inflorescence that arises from the nodes at the upper end of the slender canes, either old or new occuring in winter till spring.

As the watering and fertilizing is lessened after blooming but not letting the plant to fully dry out, full watering and feeding should be resumed with active growth in the spring. They do best mounted to accomodate the rambling growth habit and they appreciate high humidity year round.

Synonyms Callista agrostophylla (F. Muell.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium muellerianum Schlechter 1907; Monanthos agrostophyllum (F.Muell.) Brieger 1981; Trachyrhizum agrostophyllum (F. Muell.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D muellerianum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 10 1993 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo ok; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Trachyrhizum agrostophyllum photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014