Dendrobium conanthum Schltr. 1912 SECTION Spatulata Photo courtesy of Peter O'Byrne

Common Name The Cone-Flower Dendrobium [Refers to the twisted petals and sepals]

Flower Size 1" or more [2.5 + cm]

A medium to large-sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte found in New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Philippines, the Bismark archipelago, the Admiralty Islands and Vanuatu at elevations of sea level to 800 meters occuring in swamplands and low riverine forests on mangrove and trees, with erect canes carrying 4 to 6 leathery, elliptic leaves often having their roots in high water for the winter and spring then blooming on an axillary, erect, 12" to 24" [30 to 60 cm] long, racemose, few to many [50] flowered inflorescence with nodding, wide-open flowers that arise from the nodes on the upper portion of the newly mature and old psuedobulbs.

Synonyms Dendrobium kajewskii Ames 1932; Durabaculum conanthum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, Orchadian 13: 487 (2002; Durabaculum kajewskii (Ames) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 5 1969 stamp good; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 1982 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 stamp fide; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 photo good/drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 9 1987 photo fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo good; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; 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; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002 Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Andre Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes & Tiong 2015 photo fide