Dendrobium densiflorum Lindl. ex Wall. 1829 SECTION Densiflorum Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Ida Carter

FragrancePart sunCool LATEWinter To Spring

Common Name The Densely Flowered Dendrobium - In China Mi Hua Shi Hu

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Assam, Bangladesh, Eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Tibet, Hainan and southern China as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte, on moss covered trunks or branches of trees at altitudes of 1100 to 1830 meters with erect, tufted, 7 to 12 noded, obscurely 4 angled, fusiform or clavate, 12" [30 cm] long stems with each node half covered by a white sheath and carrying 3 to 5, towards the apex, elliptic or ovate, persistent, acute leaves that blooms from the late winter through spring on pendant, 8" [20 cm], cylindrical, densly flowered racemes with scented, short-lived flowers that arise from nodes at or near the apex of the pseudobulb.

This species requires a distinct dry rest from water and fertilizer through the winter months and should be resumed with the onset of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Callista densiflora (Lindl. ex Wall.) Kuntze 1891; Callista densiflora (Wall.) Brieger 1981; Dendrobium clavatum Wall. 1828; Dendrobium densiflorum f. parviflorum Regel 1874; Dendrobium schroederi Dombrain 1870; Epidendrum dumunsuttu Buch.-Ham. ex Lindl. 1830

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D densiflorum var schroederi; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D densiflorum var galliceanum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium clavatum drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 3 1979 photo; Indian Orchids : A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 6 1981 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Callista densiflora photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 4 1982 photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 7 1994 photo; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 5 1997 photo; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Wild Orchids in China Tsi, Chen and More 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 2 1998 photo; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Hainan Island Wild Orchid illustrations 2005 photo fide; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradham 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 phot ook; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as D guibertii photos fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo fide; 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 Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroidee Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 photo fide;

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