Dendrobium draconis Rchb.f 1862 SECTION Formosae


Photos by Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flower

Photo by Kevin Stewart

FragrancePart sunWarmTo CoolEARLYSpring

Common Name The Dragon-Like Dendrobium - in Thailand - Ueang ngoen

Flower Size To 3" [to 7.5 cm]

A wideranging, small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic orchid that is found from Assam India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters with tufted, slightly fusiform or clavate, 8 to 9 noded stems with sheaths covered in black hairs and carrying rather leathery, ligulate or lanceolate, dark green, acute, or obliquely bilobed leaves that blooms in the early spring on a apical or axillary, very short, 2 to 5 flowered raceme with, waxy, longlived, fragrant flowers smelling of Tangerine arising from nodes near the apex on older canes and is refered to as the most common Dendrobium in the world.

It requires a drier rest period in the winter with fertilizer and water commencing with the new growths.

Synonyms Callista draconis (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium andersoni J. Scott 1872; Dendrobium eburneum H Low 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1867 drawing fide; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D andersonii; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D eburneum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as D eburneum drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 photo fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Indian Orchids and How to grow them Ghose 1968; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 ; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016;