Dendrobium kietaense Schltr.1912 SECTION Grastidium Photo by Sue Wickison

FragranceDeep Shade Hot LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Kieta Dendrobium [A Bay In the Solomon Islands]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Bougainville New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in coastal rainforests at elevations of sea level to 500 meters as a medium szied, hot growing epiphyte with slender, pendant stems carrying many, light green, distichous, lanceolate, rough, wrinkled, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a short, 2 flowered inflorescence and carrying short lived, fleshy, not opening well flowers

Synonyms Dendrobium malaitense Rolfe 1921; Grastidium kietaense (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; Grastidium malaitense (Rolfe) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; The Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996;