Dendrobium biflorum [G Forst.] Sw. 1799 SECTION Grastidium Photo by J F Butaud and Tahiti Flora Website

Postage Stamp Photo courtesy of Arne Larsen Denmark and his Orchid Stamp Website


Common Name The 2 Flowered Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in the Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tahiti in lowland and montane forests at elevations of sea level to 950 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, reed-like, close set, hard, smooth, shiny, many internoded stems carrying many, toward the apex, distichous, linear-lanceolate, obliquely acute leaves that are articulate to the tubular sheaths below and blooms in the winter on a lateral, 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long, 2 flowered inflorescence arising from the nodes opposite the leaves and has narrowly triangular bracts and carries ephemeral flowers

Synonyms Callista biflora (Sw.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium vanikorense Ames 1932; *Epidendrum biflorum G.Forst. 1786; Grastidium biflorum (G.Forst.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Revision of the Orchids of German Samoa Schlechter 1910/11; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing good; The Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Allertonia Vol 5 No 1 Kores 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 as D vanikorense drawing good; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D vanikorenseThe Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whisler 1996 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo as Grastidium biflorum; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo plant only ok;