Dendrobium bracteosum Rchb. f. 1886 SECTION Calyptrochilus Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo By Jay Pfahl

Specimen Plant Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Yellow Color Form Photo courtesy of H&R Nursuries

Purple variety Photo courtesy of David Bealer

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Howard Gunn


Common Name The Bracted Dendrobium

Flower Size to 1" [to 2.5 cm]

A small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with tufted, erect or pendulous, terete, slender at the base, fleshy and thicker above, to 9 noded, yellowish stems covered in papery sheaths and carrying up to 6, ligulate to oblong, tapering at both ends, coriaceous, rich green leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on 1 1/2" [4 cm] long, pendulous, dense racemes that have fasciculate, ball-like clusters, arising from the nodes near the apex of older psuedobulbs, with 3 to 8, scented, waxy flowers and are found in Papua and New Guinea, the Bismarck archipelago and the Moluccas at elevations of 0 to 700 [1150] meters, and is an epiphyte of forest trees and mangroves in rainforests often along rivers and coastlines.

Synonyms Dendrobium bracteosum var. album Sander 1901; Dendrobium bracteosum var. roseum Sander 1901; Dendrobium chrysolabium Rolfe 1889; Dendrobium chrysolabrum Rolfe 1889; Dendrobium dixsonii F.M.Bailey 1899; Dendrobium dixsonii var. eborinum F.M.Bailey 1899; Dendrobium eitapense Schlechter 1912; Dendrobium leucochysum Schlechter 1923; Dendrobium novae-hiberniae Kranzlin 1894; Dendrobium quadrialatum J.J.Sm. 1922; Dendrobium trisaccatum Kranzlin 1910; Pedilonum bracteosum (Rchb. f.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum eitapense (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum leucochysum (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum quadrialatum [J.J.Sm.] Raushert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D novae-hiberniae drawing good; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D trisaccatum; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 11 1978 photo; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Orchids of Asia Soon 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986 photo; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide;

ReferencesOrchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D quadrialatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 8 1996 photo; 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; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Mille Et Une miniOrchidees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Andre Schuiteman 2013 photo fide