Dendrobium bulbophylloides Schltr. 1912 SECTION Microphytanthe TYPE for the Section

Photo by John Varigos and His Orchid webpage

Flower and Plant

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens


Common Name Bulbophyllum-like Dendrobium

Flower Size .38 to .56" [9 to 1.4 cm]

Found in northern Papua and New Guinea in mossy montane forests on tall trees as a mat forming, miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1000 to 2700 meters with .4" [1 cm] between each, oblong to cylindrical, brown to reddish brown or green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate to oblong, thick, fleshy and nearly erect leaf blooming in the summer on a terminal, .2" [.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that arises on newer pseudobulbs from beneath the leaf petiole and carry a single, fleshy, large for the plant, long-lasting flower .

Synonyms Cadetia mayrii (J.J.Sm.) P.F.Hunt 1971; Dendrobium mayrii J.J.Sm. 1934; Microphytanthe bulbophylloides (Schltr.) Brieger 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85; Neue Orchideen Papuasiens J J Smith 1934; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Microphytanthe bulbophylloidfes drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D mayrii; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Andre Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; A Compendioum of Minaiture Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons and Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroidee Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #1 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo good lip apex?;