Dendrobium falcorostrum Fitzgerald 1876 SECTION Dendrcoryne Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Petite Plaisance

Flowering plant Photo courtesy of Marius Wasbauer.


Common Name The Falcon's Beak Dendrobium [refers to the beak-like hook on the midlobe of the lip] - In Australia The Beech Orchid

Flower Size up to 1"

Found in Queensland and New South Wales Australia as a small to medium sized, cold to cool growing epiphyte found almost exclusively on the Arctic Beech tree in upper branches in the highlands at elevations of 700 to 1400 meters where they receive strong filtered light in a misty, humid and cool to cold environment that can see snow in the winter. They bloom on a short, axillary almost terminal, arcuate to pendant racemose inflorescence that arise from the nodes near the apex of the evergreen leafed canes, carrying strongly fragrant flowers occuring most often in the late winter and spring.

They need a cool dry winter rest in cultivation without any fertilizer. Repotting is best done in the spring after it has flowered and as the new roots come back into growth. This species requires a shady, well ventilated, open environment and although a rest is required it is not quite as drastic as many of the Australian Dendrobium.

Synonyms Callista falconirostris (Fitzg.) Kuntze 1891 ; Callista falcorostra (Fitzg.) Kuntze 1891; Callista falcorostris (Fitzg.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium falcorostre Fitz. 1875; Thelychiton falcorostrus (W.Fitzg.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Tropilis falcorostra (Fitzg.) Rauchert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 9 1959 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 8 1963 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 9 1966 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; The Orchids of New South Wales Rupp 1969; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #5 1979 photo fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 4/348/53 1992 photo; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 2 2006 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 1 2006 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton falcorostrus photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2017 photo fide;