Dendrobium laevifolium Stapf 1924 SECTION Calyptrochilus

Awarded clone - 'Aussie Pink' HCC/AOS

Photos by Eric Hunt

Flowers and plant

Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Another Clone, Plant and Flower

Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Shiny Leafed Dendrobium

Flower Size less than 1" to almost 2" [less than 2.5 to almost 5 cm]

Found as a mini-miniature, warm to cold growing epiphyte that occurs on moss covered trees in New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz Islands and Vanuatu at elevations of 650 to 2400 meters with club-shaped stems or tapering at both ends carrying 2, deciduous, linear leaves that blooms in the summer on a very short, axillary, 1 to few flowered inflorescence that arise from the nodes at the apex of the leafless stems.

Slightly reduce water and withhold fertilizer until new growth is initiated in the spring.

Synonyms Dendrobium occulatum Ames 1933; Maccraithea laevifolia (Stapf) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Pedilonum occultum (Ames) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 drawing/photo good; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo ok; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #3 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 3 2005; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo ok; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo good; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 photo fide; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy & Schmidt 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #3 2018 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #10 2018 photo fide;