Dendrobium nobile Lindley 1830 SECTION Dendrobium Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

FragrancePart sunColdTo Warm MOSTLYWinterSpring

Common Name The Noble Dendrobium - In Thailand Ueang Khao Kiu - In China Shi Hu

Flower Size to 3" [to 7.5 cm]

This is a medium sized, cold to warm growing terrestrial or lithophytic species from the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanamar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam that is found in broadleaf, evergreen, lowland forests and primary montane forests as well as on mossy limestone rocks at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters with erect, clustered, compressed, grooved with age, yellowish stems carrying distichous, coriaceopus, strap shaped, or oblong, persistent leaves that blooms mostly in the winter and spring but is possible throughout the year on short, 2 to 4 flowered racemes with fragrant, waxy, heavy-textured,long-lived, highly variable [mostly color] flowers that arise at the upper nodes of leafed and leafless canes. They need a decided winter rest from fertilizer and water to ensure a good bloom season and the yellowing of the leaves in the fall is the sign to begin. This species can keiki form the older canes.

The Chinese have used this species as a cure-all for many ailments, as to how, it was not mentioned.

Synonyms Callista nobilis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium coerulescens Wallich 1838; Dendrobium formosanum [Rchb.f]Masamune 1933; Dendrobium lindleyanum Griffith 1851; Dendrobium nobile f. nobilius (Rchb.f.) M.Hiroe 1971; Dendrobium nobile var. alboluteum Huyen & Aver. 1989; Dendrobium nobile var. formosanum Rchb.f. 1883; Dendrobium nobile var. nobilius Rchb.f. 1833

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile vasr ballianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var backhousianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var cooksonianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var elegans; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var intermedium; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var nobilius; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var sanderianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var schroederianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D nobile var tollianum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium nobile drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 10 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 4 1959; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 5 1960 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 7 1960 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 5 1964; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 10 1964 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #3 9-12 tafel 4 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 6 1972 photo fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 4 1979 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 5 1984 photo; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 1 1995 photo as D nobile var alboluteum; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 11 1996 photo; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 5 2000 photo; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 4 2006 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 6 2006/7 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide ; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; 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; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 6 2010 photo fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo hmm; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

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Dendrobium nobile Lindley 1830 var alba Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

A white version of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 2 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo;

Dendrobium nobile Lindley 1830 var virginale "Lenore" CCM/AOS

A white version of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 2 1993 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 11 1996 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 10 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 10 2000 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide;

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