Dendrobium catenatum Lindley 1830 SECTION Formosae Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

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Plant and Flowers Photos by Hisanori Takeuchi and his Orchids of the World Website

Common Name The Chained Dendrobium - In Japan - Kibana-seki-koku - In China Huang Shi Hu

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

An orchid of Korea and China, Japan, The Ryukyus and south to Taiwan found growing in moderately damp montane forests as a small to medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte and also growing on rocks at altitudes of 300 to 1600 meters with long, clustered, terete, pendant or erect, pale green stems carrying to 12, ligulate-lanceolate, acute, deciduous leaves. The bloom season is in the mid-winter till mid-spring and a late fall curtailing of water and fertilizer prepare the plant to bloom on a lax, 3/4 to 2 2/5" [2 to 6 cm] long, few to several [4 to 5] flowered inflorescence that arises from the nodes near the apex of 2 to 3 year old leafless canes.

This species, D officinale and D candidum are all similar and often they are stated as synomonous with D catenatum taking precedence. I have left them all separate pending better references.

Synonyms Callista stricklandiana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium funiushanense T.B.Chao, Z.X.Chen & Z.K.Chen 1992; Dendrobium huoshanense Z.Z.Tang & S.J.Cheng 1984; Dendrobium pere-fauriei Hayata 1916; Dendrobium stricklandianum Rchb.f. 1877; Dendrobium tosaense Makino 1891; Dendrobium tosaense var. chingshuishanianum S.S.Ying 1989; Dendrobium tosaense var. pere-fauriei (Hayata) Masam. 1933

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 as D stricklandianum drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D tosaense; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D stricklandianum; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 as D tosaense; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #9 1975 as D tosaense; Native Orchids of Taiwan Tsan-Piao Lin 1975 as D tosaense drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 as D stricklandianum photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D huoshanense; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D stricklanianum; Oasis Vol 1 No 4 2000; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as D stricklandianum photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 75 #1 2011 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan An Illustrated Guide Lin & Wang 2014 as D tosaense photo fide;