Dendrobium crocatum Hook. f. 1890 SECTION Calcarifera Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by J D Hooker


Common Name The Saffron-Yellow Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [3.6 to 5 cm]

Found in Malaysia and southern Thailand as a lowland, small to large sized, hot growing epiphyte with pendant stems that narrows towards the base carrying many, bright green, lanceolate leaves that blooms on an axillary, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, few [2 to 3] flowered inflorescence arising laterally on leafless canes with bright orange flowers in the fall.

Water needs to be reduced somewhat through the winter months and less fertilizer when the plant is not actively growing.

Synonyms Callista crocata (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium pyropum Ridl. 1893; Eurycaulis crocatus (Hook.f.) M.A.Clem. 2003; Pedilonum crocatum (Hook.f.) Brieger 1981; Pedilonum pyropum (Ridl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing ok; Materials For a Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Part 1 Ridley 1907; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 drawing good; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Pedilonum crocatum; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Wood & Seidenfaden 1992; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 photo fide;