Dendrobium lituiflorum Lindley 1856 SECTION Dendrobium

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup

Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

FragrancePart sunHotLATEWinterTo Spring

Common Name The Bent-Raceme Dendrobium - In Thailand Ueang sai muang - Ueang khrang - In China La Ba Chun Shi Hu

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.75 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in broadleaved forests on tree trunks at elevations around 300 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte and has clustered, slender, reed-like, pendulous, 11 to 15 noded, covered in sheaths, basally swollen stems carrying deciduous, fleshy, linear-lanceolate, acutish leaves. Spring through autumn should be the wet time for this plant and then almost no water is needed till after blooming in February or March. The 1 to 5, longlasting, fragrant flowers on each short scape with large bracts arise out of the nodes all along the dried cane on short racemes and usually appear for up to 2 weeks and they are deliciously scented. It is normal for it to drop it's leaves in the dry season. This plant is best mounted on tree fern as it has a very pendulous growth up to 35" long. This plant is

Synonyms Callista lituiflora (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium hanburyanum Rchb.f 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as D hanburyanum; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1881 drawing fide; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D lituiflorum var candidum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 AS D lituiflorum var freemanni; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D lituiflorum var robustius; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium lituiflorum drawing fide; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 photo fide; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; Indian Orchids : A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; 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; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo plant only; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;