Dendrobium aphyllum (Roxb.) C.E.C.Fisch. 1928SECTION Dendrobium

Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo cortesy of Joseph Dougherty

Flower and plant in situ in Thailand Photo cortesy of David Kuehn

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Common Name The Hooded Dendrobium [refers to the cone-shaped lip - In China Dou Chun Shi Hu ]

Flower Size 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm]

Found in Hainan China, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, Maldive Islands, Nepal, Sri Lanka, western Himalayas, Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sulawesi and Queensland Australia as a large sized, hot to cool growing, epiphytic and occasional lithophytic species often refered to As D pierardii or D cucullatum [and is a pink flower] that occurs at altitudes of 150 to 1800 meters in evergreen lowland forests and primary montane forests with slender, pendulous, leafy stems carrying linear-lanceolate or narrowly ovate, acuminate, deciduous leaves that blooms almost at any time of the year but the most common is in the winter and spring with a short inflorescence that arises from the nodes of older leafless canes having 1 to 3, fragrant, shortlived, fragile flowers, clustered close to the cane that are strongly scented of violets.

Mounting is a nessesity to accomodate the pendant canes and a drier winter rest with no fertilizer is essential to ensure early spring blooming. Start watering and fertilizing with the onset of new growth.

Synonyms Callista aphylla Kuntze 1891; Cymbidium aphyllum (Roxb.) Sw. 1799; Dendrobium aphyllum var cucullatum [R. Br.] Sarkar 1984; Dendrobium aphyllum var. katakianum I.Barua 2001; Dendrobium cucullatum R. Brown 1822; Dendrobium madrasense A.D.Hawkes 1963; Dendrobium oxyphyllum Gagnep. 1950; Dendrobium pierardii Roxb. 1822; Dendrobium pierardii var cucullatum [R. Br.] J.D. Hook 1890; Epidendrum aphyllum (Roxb.) Poir. 1810; Pierardia bicolor (Roxb. ex Hook.) Raf. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D pierardii; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as D pierardi drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D pierardii; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as D pierardi; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D pierardi photo good; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing not =?; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium scabrilingue #26 not = D cucullatum drawing good;Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953 as D pierardii drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as D pierardii drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as D pierardii photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 photo as D pieardii; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Asia Soon 1980 as D pierardii; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as D pierardii; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 4 1986 photo; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen, Mori 1997 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001 photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 as D aphyllum; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District, Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Cribb & Pearce 2002 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 10 2003; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 as D pierardii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo as D aphyllum; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing hmm; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as D gamblei Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide as D aphyllum; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 as D aphyllum photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as D cucullatum; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cooted 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy & Schmidt 2013 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; A Guide to the Orchids of Myanmar Kurzweil & Lwin 2014 photo fide