Dendrobium kratense Kerr 1927 SECTION Stachyobium

Side View of Flower Photos by Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright , and the Butterfly and Orchids Photo Gallery

Common Name The Krat Dendrobium [A town in Thailand]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found only in the foothills of coastal southwestern penninsular Thailand and coastal northeastern Thailand at elevations around 20 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing epiphyte with short to 6" [15 cm] long stems carrying a few leaves that blooms in the fall with many, axillary ,from the upper nodes, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, few to several [4 to 6] flowered inflorescence arising with some leaves still present and carrying fragrant flowers.

Water freely while growing but slack off as canes mature and leaves begin to fall, as well as hit with a high phosphate fertilizer in the late summer and fall to increase budding. Best to slack off all fertilizer from Christmas until new growths appear in the spring when a high nitrogen fertilizer can be resumed


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 drawing good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections drawing good; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide