Dendrobium farmeri Paxton 1849 SECTION Densiflorum

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Part sunWarm To HotSpring

Common Name Farmer's Dendrobium [English Supervisor In Calcuta Botanical Garden 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

This pendulous, hot to warm growing epiphyte has clavate or fusiform, 4 angled above stems carrying 2 to 4, towards the apex, coriaceous, ovate-lanceolate, acute or acuminate leaves and is a spring blooming orchid that has axillary, to 8" [20 cm] long, pendent, many densly flowered, cylindrical racemose inflorescence that arise from the nodes near the apex of leafless and leafed canes and is found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia in evergreen lowland forests and primary montane forests at elevations of 150 to 1000 meters on primary growth tall trees high up over rivercourses and prefers some shade and heavy watering with a short winter rest.

Synonyms Callista densiflora (Lindl. ex Wall.) Kuntze var farmeri 1891; Callista farmeri (Paxton) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium densiflorum var farmerii (Paxton) Regel 1874 ; Dendrobium farmeri var. albiflorum C.Morren 1860; Dendrobium farmeri var. aureoflavum Hook.f. 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D farmeri var. albiflorum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D farmeri var. aureo-flavum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing not; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 as D farmeri var aureoflava photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 3 1979 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 6 1981 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Callista farmeri; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 5 1997 photo; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; h East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; ms H. P. Wood 2006 photos fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 3 2009 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide