Dendrobium cunninghamii Lindl. 1835 SECTION Winika TYPE for the Section

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Common Name Cunningham's Dendrobium [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in New Zealand at lower to moderate elevations as as medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with shiny, bright yellow, wiry, woody, brittle, branching, often basally thickened stems carrying several, glossy, linear leaves that are held towards the apex of the stems and have very small hairs on the leaf sheaths that blooms in the later spring and earlier summer on a slender, short, arising near the apex, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Callista cunninghamii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium biflorum A.Rich. 1832; Dendrobium lessonii Colenso 1883; Winika cunninghamii (Lindl.) M.A.Clem., D.L.Jones & Molloy 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing good; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia SNCO 1995 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as Winkia cunninghamii photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Winkia cunninghamii drawing fide/ photo good; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 as Winkia cunninghamii photfide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #1 2014 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014