Dendrobium dicuphum F.Muell. 1874 SECTION Phalaenanthe

Plant Photos by R G Tunstall/Jones and The Australian Rainforest Orchids Website

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Common Name The Double Small Dendrobium - In Australia the White Butterfly Orchid

Flower Size .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm]

Found in northern Western Australia to northen Northern Territory including Melville Island in monsoonal rainforest thickets, littoral rainforests, streambank vegetation, paperbark swamps, humid areas in open woodlands and on the landward side of mangroves as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or ocasional lithophyte with erect, fusiform to cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 10, along the upper half of the stem, erect to recurved, distichous, alternate, sessile, narrowly ovate leaves that blooms in the late summer through winter on a terminal, 8 to 18" [20 to 50 cm] long, 2 to 20 flowered inflorescence

Often cited as a synonym of D affine and may very well be so, but for now I have left them separate

Synonyms Callista dicupha (F.Muell.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium dicuphum var. album E.W.Cooper 1951; Dendrobium dicuphum var. dicuphum F.Muell. 1948; Dendrobium dicuphum var. grandiflorum Rupp & T.E. Hunt 1948; Vappodes dicupha (F.Muell.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 photo fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 3 1992 photo ok; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Vappodes dicupha photo good;