Dendrobium draconis Rchb.f 1862 SECTION Formosae

Flowers/ Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Kevin Stewart

FragrancePart sunWarmTo HotEARLYSpring

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

Flower Size To 3" [to 7.5 cm]

A wideranging, small to medium sized, epiphytic orchid that is found from Assam India, Myanamr, 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, longlived, fragrant flowers 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. The waxy, long-lived flowers smell of tangerine.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1867 drawing fide; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as D eburneum drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958 drawing; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo; 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

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