Dendrobium dearei Rchb. f. 1882 SECTION Formosae

Photo by Jay Pfahl, plant grown by JEM Orchids

Flower Closeup

Photos by Eric Hunt

North Borneo Form always sold as D ovipostriferum

Inflorescence of North Borneo Form

Photos by Marius Wasbauer

Common Name Deare's Dendrobium [English Colonel in the Philippines late 1800's]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Borneo and the Philippines in coastal forests at altitudes of 60 to 100 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphytic species from with erect, slightly thicker above, sulcate, leafy throughout the stem and having leaf sheaths that are covered in black hairs carrying coriaceous, distichous, oblong-ligulate leaves with the uppermost persistent and has a bloom time of winter and spring with an axillary to terminal, arching, short, racemose, 6 to 18 flowered inflorescence that arises from the upper nodes on old and new canes and carries musty smelling flowers.

This Dendrobium has a more balanced watering and fertilizing schedule than most, so give it even conditions year round.

Synonyms Callista dearii (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 4 1998 photo; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Wood, Shim & Lamb Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of Borneo JJ Wood 2013 photo fide; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy & Schmidt 2013 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes & Tiong 2015 photo fide