Dendrobium aphrodite Rchb.f 1862 SECTION Dendrobium

Photo courtesy of Natsui

FragrancePart sunCoolTo WarmSpring

Common Name The Beautiful Dendrobium [Aphrodite Greek goddess of Love and Beauty therefore beautiful]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in the top of the tallest trees in Tennasserim range in Myanmar and Thailand at elevations around 1400 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, branching, suberect stems that are strongly swollen at the nodes carrying a few, oblong-obtuse, decidouous leaves flowering in the spring on an axillary, few [1 to 2] flowered inflorescence with delicately fragrant flowers that arises from the upper leaf nodes of leafless canes and can produce for several seasons, occuring from March through May but only if given a very dry and cool winter rest until the buds appear and then water and fertilize heavily.

Synonyms Callista aphrodite (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium nodatum Lindley 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D nodosum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium aphrodite drawing fide; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 drawing not = D albosanguineum; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo not = E albosanguineum; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 not = D albosanguineum; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide;