Dendrobium lituiflorum Lindley 1856 SECTION Dendrobium Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

FragrancePart sunHotTo WarmLATEWinterTo 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]

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 found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Myanamar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in broadleaved forests on tree trunks at elevations around 300 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm 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.

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; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium lituiflorum drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 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; 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; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, 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; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

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