Dendrobium jenkinsii Wallich ex Lindley 1839 SECTION Densiflora

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Photo by David Morris

FragrancePart sunWarmTo CoolSpring

Common Name Jenkins's Dendrobium [Officer of the East India Trading Co. early 1800's] - In China Xiao Huang Hua Shi Hu - In Thailand Ueang Phung Noi

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

This species occuring in Hainan province of China, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Laos in open forests on tree trunks at elevations of 700 to 1500 meters as a smaller sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, branching, fusiform to ovoid-oblong, 4 ribbed, somewhat flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, terminal, thickened, leathery, rigid, oval to oblong, obtuse, notched leaves that blooms in the early spring on a short to 6" [to 15 cm] long, arching to pendant, simultaneously 1 to 5 flowered racemes that arise from near the apex of the leafed psudobulb and carrying short-lived, wide open, honey scented flowers.

This orchid is a spring bloomer that needs a dry winter rest with full sun and is best mounted on tree fern plaque to accomodate the pendent inflorescence.

This species is often confused with D. lindleyii but this species has a few flowered inflorescence while the other has many flowers. It has a bilobed lip while D lindleyi is entire. It has clustered, sulcate, ovoid, flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate, thick, shiny, persistent leaf.

This species is almost always tagged by growers as D. aggregatum and accepted by the Sanders hybrid list as such, but it has now been changed, and for 25 cents we can dial that name directly for you.

Synonyms Callista jenkinsii Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium aggregatum Roxb. var jenkinsii [Wall.]Lindley 1898; Dendrobium marseillei Gagn. 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D aggregatum var jenkinsii; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as D aggregatum drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D aggregatum var jenksii; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927 as D aggregatum var jenksii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as D aggregatum var jenkinsii; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968 as D aggregatum var jenkinsii; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 3 1969 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 #2 1970 photo fide; Indian Orchids, A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 6 1981 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Callista aggregata var jenkensii photo fide; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 3 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 5 2000 photo; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 1 2002 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradham 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 photo fide; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 8 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; Mille Et Une miniOrchidees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide; A Compendioum of Minaiture Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons and Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy & Schmidt 2013; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;