Dendrobium kuhlii (Blume) Lindl. 1830 SECTION Calyptrochilus Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved


Common Name Kuhl's Dendrobium [Dutch Botanist in Indonesia 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in western Java in open mossy forests at elevations of 760 to 2500 meters as a large sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with curved, pendant, densely leafy stems carrying many, lanceolate, thin, deciduous leaves that blooms on a short, few to several [3 to 12] flowered inflorescence with to 3, arising at the apex of leafless canes occuring in the spring.

Water and fertilizer should be reduced for 2 to 3 months in the winter and resumed only with the onset of new growth in the spring.

Said to be a synonym of Dendrobium hasseltii but there are many visual differences including the thinner, curved mentum for this species that differs from the other in the very curved thicker spur.

Synonyms Callista kuhlii (Blume) Kuntze 1891; *Pedilonum kuhlii Blume 1825;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 2 1981 photo drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as Syn of D hasseltii