Dendrobium junceum Lindl. 1842 SECTION Crumenata


Photos by Danny Lentz and the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Photo by Eric Hunt plant grown by Scott Dallas of White Oak Orchids


Common Name The Reed-Like Leafed Dendrobium

Flower Size 1 to more than 1 1/2" [2.5 to 3.75 cm]

Found in the Philippines and Borneo in lowland forests at elevations up to 600 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic species with slender, swollen at the base for 4 internodes, tapering to the apex, greenish olive or reddish brown, ridged pseudobulbs carrying dark green, almost terete leaves tapering to a thread-like point that blooms in the late spring and summer on an axillary, towards the apex of the stem, short to 1.6" [to 4 cm], single to 2 flowered inflorescence with short-lived, fragrant flowers that arises from the tufted bracts of the leaf axils at or near the apex of the cane either with or without the leaves.

Allow this species to dry out between waterings in the winter but not for long, fertilizer should be eliminated completely until new growth is initiated in the spring.

Synonyms Aporum junceum (Lindl.) Rauschert 1983 ; Callista juncea (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Ceraia juncea (Lindl.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Materials For a Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Part 1 Ridley 1907; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 drawing/photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes & Tiong 2015 photo fide