Dendrobium calicopis Ridl. 1903 SECTION Calcarifera Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers photo by J B Comber

Common Name or Meaning

Flower Size 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm]

Found in penninsular Thailand and Malaysia at elevations of sea level to 800 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with elongate, slender stems carrying many closely spaced, deciduous, acuminate, 2 ranked leaves and blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a 1" long inflorescence arising from leafy or leafless stem with 1 to 6 flowers.

The photo above is from a plant from Thailand, plants from Malaysia have more color on the midrib of the lip and have much more undulate margins.

A slight winter rest is required but the plants should not be allowed to dry out too much and a tree fern mount or a well drained medium in a pot should be suitable.

Synonyms Anisopetala calicopis (Ridl.) M.A.Clem. 2003; Pedilonum calicopis (Ridl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Materials For a Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Part 1 Ridley 1907; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1960 Pg 242 as D derryi; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo ok; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide