Dendrobium dactylodes Rchb.f. 1877 SECTION Grastidium Photo By Copyright 2011. W. Arthur Whistler. and The E-Flora of Tonga Website

Postage Stamp Stamp courtesy of Arne Larsen Denmark and his Orchid Stamps Website


Common Name The Finger-Like Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and The Cook Islands in coastal and cloud forests at elevations of sealevel to 800 meters as a small to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, clustered, hard, reed-like stems carrying many coriaceous, distichous, lanceolate, obliquely obtuse or subacute apically, articulated to the leaf bases leaves that blooms in the late summer through early winter on a lateral, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, 2 flowered inflorescence arising from the nodes opposite the leaves and has small scale-like bracts.

Synonyms Dendrobium cheesmaniae Guillaumin 1956; Dendrobium everardii Rolfe 1921; Dendrobium vaupelianum Kraenzl 1909; Dendrobium whitmeei Kraenzl. 1910; Grastidium cheesmaniae (Guillaumin) Rauschert 1983; Grastidium dactylodes (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1997; Grastidium vaupelianum (Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D vaupelianum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D whitmeei; Revision of the Orchids of German Samoa Schlechter 1910/11 as D vaupelianum; Allertonia Vol 5 No 1 Kores 1989; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D whitmeei; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whisler 1996 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide