Dendrobium barbatulum Lindley 1851 SECTION Fytchianthe TYPE for the Section

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Plant and Inflorescence

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Flowers in situ India

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Common Name The Small-Bearded Dendrobium

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southern and southwestern India in dry-deciduous, moist-deciduous and semi-evergreen forests as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphytic species found on bushes and small trees at an elevation of 1500 meters where they recieve ample direct sun in the winter dry season which kicks off the winter and spring blooming on an axillary, stout, 3.2" [8 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from at or near the apex of a psuedobulb and carrying 8 to 15, nonfragrant white flowers. The purplish brown, tapered, curved pseudobulb is swollen at the base and carries narrowly lanceolate leaves.

Often mistaken for D fytchianum but this one differs in the acute petals and the the acute lip apex. Occurence is a big factor as well as D fytchianum comes from Myanmar and Malaysa,

Synonyms Callista barbatula (Wight) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 drawing good; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing hmm; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo plant only; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 Photo fide;