Dendrobium acinaciforme Roxb. 1878 SECTION Aporum Photo by Show your plant Website

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Plant and Flowers Photos by Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright , and the Butterfly and Orchids Photo Gallery

Part sunWarm TO ColdSpring

Common Name The Saber-Shaped Dendrobium

Flower Size .3" [.8 cm]

Found in the Assam, eastern Himalayas, Hainan China, south central China, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Moluccas in broadleaf evergreen lowland forests at altitudes of 500 to 2200 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with tightly clustered, slightly zigzag, slender stems carrying 8 to 12, narrow, pointed, distichous, succulent, curved leaves that are folded which blooms on an axillary, at the upper nodes of a leafless pseudobulb, single flowered inflorescence occuring in the spring.

Repot immediately after flowering if needed. This species needs a definitive winter rest from water and fertilizer and should only be begun after initiation of new growth. Best mounted on tree fern or cork if given daily waterings through the summer months and high humidity the rest of the year

CAUTION Most likely all these photos are of D spatella. This species, occuring only in Ambon Island of Indonesia is very rare, I await photo confirmation!

Synonyms Aporum acinaciforme (Roxb.) Griff. 1845; Aporum acinaciforme (Roxb.) Brieger 1981; Aporum scalpelliforme (Teijsm. & Binn.) Rauschert 1983; Callista acinaciformis (Roxb.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium scalpelliforme Teijsm. & Binn 1864;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D scapelliforme; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; The Genera of Orchidaceae in Hong Kong Shiu-ying Hu 1977 drawing fide; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Aporum acinaciforme plant only; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing good but shows 3 ridges on lip instead of brown smudge; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide to the first photo; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo ok; A Field Guide To The Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Hainan Island Wild Orchid illustrations 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Wild Orchids of The Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo not???; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo not = D spatella