Dendrobium dichaeoides Schlechter 1912 SECTION Pedilonum

Whole Plant

Flower Closeup Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Fat Pseudobulb Type With Flowers Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Marius Wasbauer.


Common Name The Dichaea-like Dendrobium

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

This miniature species comes from northern Papua and New Guinea and is found as a cool to cold growing, pendulous epiphyte in mountain forests on moss covered branches at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters with soft, slender, erect to pendulous stems carrying many, tiny, distichous, bluish green at right angles to the stem, closely set leaves that all face in one direction and closely set and overlapping. It's bloom season is from late fall through spring on an axillary, short, pendant, densly many flowered, racemose inflorescence that arise from the apex of the leafless cane occuring with 6 to 10, longlasting flowers.

They need a slight lessening of water and fertilizer through the winter to encourage a good flowering as well as shade.

Synonyms Pedilonum dichaeoides (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide;AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 11 1978 photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005hoto good; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 4 2006 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photos ok; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 2 2008 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #1 2013 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #1 2015 photo roots only; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide;