Dendrobium comptonii Rendle 1921 SECTION Dendrocoryne Photo by David Banks - Copyrighted Australia.


Common Name Compton's Dendrobium [English-South African Botanist 1900's] - Yellow Cane Orchid

Flower Size 1/2 to 3/4"

Found on Lord Howe Island as well as New Caledonia as a medium to giant sized, warm growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte at elevations of 400 to 800 meters on trees and rocks in humid forests with cylindrical, yellowish green, ribbed canes carrying 3 to 7, dark green, thin-textured, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an axillary, short, 5 to 20 flowered inflorescence with the fragrant, often drooping flowers clustered at the apex of the cane.

Synonyms Dendrobium floribundum Rchb.f. 1875; Dendrobium gracilicaule var. howeanum Maiden 1899; Dendrobium macropus [Endl.]Rchb.f ex Lindley subsp. howeanum [Maiden]P. Green; Dendrobium oscarii A.D.Hawkes & A.H.Heller 1957; Thelychiton comptonii (Rendle) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Thelychiton howeanus (Maiden) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2005; Tropilis comptonii (Rendle) Rauschert 1983; Tropilis drake-castilloi (Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as D gracilicaule vr howeanum drawing fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 as D macropus subsp howeanum drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton howeanus;