Dendrobium aberrans Schltr. 1912 SECTION Latouria

Flower and Plant

Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Deviating Dendrobium

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

A mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte found in Papua and New Guinea on tree fern and shady tree trunks in mossy forests at elevations of 300 to 1900 meters with clustered, spherical to spindle-shaped, purple, olive-yellow or glossy green pseudobulbs with 3 to 4 nodes below the oval, leathery, spreading, 2 to 3 apical leaves that blooms near the apex of old and new canes with axillary, short, wiry, erect or pendant inflorescence with several [2 to 6] flowers held in a cluster occuring in the winter, spring and fall.

This plant does best mounted on tree fern if given ample humidity year round, although water and fertilizer should be lessened through the winter.

Synonyms Sayeria aberrans (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 12 2006 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007 photo fide; Mille Et Une miniOrchidees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 6 2010 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Andre Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy & Schmidt 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide;