Dendrobium engae T.M. Reeve 1979 "hanging gardens" AM/AOS SECTION Latouria

Specimen Plant Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

FragrantPart sunCool TO Cold LATESpring

Common Name The Enga Dendrobium [Province in Papua and New Guinea]

Flower Size 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm]

Found in the highlands of Papua and New Guinea as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte on large tree branches at elevations of 1800 to 3500 meters with stout, erect, yellowish, 10 noded pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 5 apical, spreading to suberect, thick, leathery, oblong, glossy, dark green leaves with a rounded apex that blooms on a 10" [25 cm] long, apical inflorescence with 3 to 18, wide open, long-lasting, sweetly scented flowers occuring in the late spring.

Plants should be allowed to slightly dry out between waterings and fertilizer should be withheld until the initiation of new growth in the spring and then gradually reintroduced.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 3 1991 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 1 2006 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide