Dendrobium griffithianum Lindl. 1836 SECTION Densiflora

Photo by Jean Claude George


Photo by Howard Wood

FragrantPart sunHotSpring

Common Name Griffith's Dendrobium [English Collector in Myanmar 1800's] - In Thailand Ueang Matcha Luang

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.75 to 5 cm]

Found in Assam India, Myanmar and Thailand high up in trees around 490 to 500 meters in elevation as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clavate-fusiform, thicker towards the apex, deeply sulcate, to 5 noded, shiny yellow stems carrying 2 to 3, apical, leathery, ovate or oblong, very shortly petiolate, acute leaves that blooms on a 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, suberect to pendant, loosely few to many flowered inflorescence arising on the nodes at or near the apex of the cane with long-lasting, spicy floral scented flowers occuring in the spring.

Similar to D. guibertii but it has elongate canes and D densiflorum but it has a shorter, rounder lip that does not envelop the column

Give a 2 to 3 month dry winter rest from waterings and fertilizer until new growth appears in the spring. Biweekly mistings help keep the plants from drying out too much as long as the humidity is kept high.

Synonyms Callista griffithiana (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

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