Dendrobium jerdonianum Wight 1851 SECTION Formosae

Inflorescence Photos by Mathew Mathew

Part shade Warm Cool LATER Spring Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name Jerdon's Dendrobium [British Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 800 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with grooved, swollen towards the apex, zigzag with few to many angles, yellowish, black hairy stems carrying 3 to 6, distichous, succulent, stiffly leathery, dark green, linear-lanceoalte to linear-oblong, apically bilobed leaves that blooms in the later spring, summer and earlier fall on 2 to 3, short, from opposite and above the leaf axils 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute to subacute, 1 veined floral bracts carrying orange, yellowish, pink to greenish white flowers.

Synonyms Callista jerdoniana (Wight) Kuntze 1891; Callista nutans (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Conchidium jerdonianum (Wight) Rauschert 1983; Dendrobium nutans Lindl. 1830; Dendrobium nutantiflorum A.D.Hawkes & A.H.Heller 1957; Dendrobium villosulum Lindl. 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids J D Hooker 1895 as D nutans drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D nutans Lindley; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979 as D nutans Lindley photo fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as D nutans lindl. drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 as D nutantiflorum drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D nutans; Orchid Species Culture Denbdrobium Bakers 1996 as D nutans Lindley; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as D nutantiflorum; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007