Dendrobium igneum J.J. Sm. 1908 SECTION Grastidium Photo courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Another flower not = new species Photo by © Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower not = new species

Side View of Flower not = new species Photos by © Marni Turkel

Another Flower not = new species Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Fire Red Debdrobium

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in western New Guinea at lower elevations on trees in swamps or in primary forests as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, somewhat flattened stems carrying many, distichous, imbricating, all in one plane, elliptic leaves and blooms in the late winter on a very short, 2 flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION All of the photos above with a question mark are a plant with leaves that are larger than the flowers and the type had leaves that are smaller than the flowers as in the first photo by Andre Schuiteman, the larger leaved specimens are most likely another species that has not yet been identified.

Synonyms Grastidium igneum (J.J.Sm.) S.Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1985; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 3 2000 photo as Grastisdium igneum; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002 fide tothe first photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 2 2008 photo as Grastidium igneum; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 as Grastidium igneum photo not = new species;