Dendrobium bifalce Lindl. 1843 SECTION Latouria Photo by Copyright © W C Schraut and Orchids and More Website

Flower Closeup Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Part Sun Hot Fall Winter

Common Name The Two Sickles Dendrobium - In Australia The Native Bee Orchid

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, the Bismark Islands, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Queensland Australia in coastal or riverine forests at elevations of sealevel to 800 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout, apically thickening, 5 to 7 noded stems carrying 2 to 4, coriaceous, suberect, elliptic-oblong, obtuse leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, axillary, 10 to 16" [25 to 40 cm] long, distantly few to many flowered, terete, stout inflorescence with fleshy, triangular-ovate, apiculate floral bracts.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum oncidiochilum Kraenzl. 1894; Callista bifalcis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium breviracemosum F.M.Bailey 1899; Dendrobium chloropterum Rchb.f. & S.Moore 1878; Doritis bifalcis (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1860; Latourea oncidiochila (Kraenzl.) Kraenzl. 1894; Leioanthum bifalce (Lindl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Sayeria bifalcis (Lindl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; The Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Leioanthum bifalce photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Andre Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014