Dendrobium gouldii Rchb. f. 1867 SECTION Spatulata Photo by Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo by Wolfgang H. Bandisch Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site


Common Name Gould's Dendrobium [Middle name of Veitch English Orchid Breeder 1800's]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea and the Solomon Islands as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte occuring in riverine forests, coastal forest, swamp forests, beaches and plantations at altitudes of sealevel to 700 meters with clustered, fusiform, many noded, green stems carrying a few distichous, coriaceous, purple suffused in youth, obtuse leaves that blooms on an erect, to 14" to 28' [35 to 70 cm] long, axillary, racemose, several to many flowered inflorescence that arise from the upper nodes on mature leafy canes with 7 to 40 flowers occuring mostly in the fall.

This species forms keikis at the upper nodes of any damaged stem and they can be removed when it has more than 3 roots that are 2" long and grown as a seedling. A slight lessening of water and fertilizer in winter is beneficial to promote good plant growth.

Synonyms Callista gouldii (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium gouldii var. acutum Rchb.f. 1867; Dendrobium imthurnii Rolfe 1912; Dendrobium undulatum var. woodfordianum Maiden 1899; Dendrobium woodfordianum Schltr. 1912; Durabaculum gouldii (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Durabaculum imthurnii (Rolfe) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1870 drawing; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D gouldii var acutum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D gouldii var acutum; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #10 1967 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo plant only; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 2 1982 drawing/photo fide; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 photo fide/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 11 1986 photo fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 3 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 drawing good/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 1 1993 photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing; 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; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #5 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 11 2017 photo fide;