Dendrobium lancifolium A. Rich. 1834 SECTION Calcarifera Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Dale and Deni Borders


Common Name The Sword-Like Leafed Dendrobium

Flower Size .08" to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm]

Found in eastern Indonesia and New Guinea in lowland areas along watercourses on dry calcareous ground or on open sunny eastern slopes at elevations of 70 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial in forest litter or calceolaris soil or lithophyte on barren conglomerate rocks with tall, erect, branching, purplish, slightly fractiflex, smooth, leafy stems carrying many, papery, alternating, linear-lanceolate, deciduous leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, racemose inflorescence with 1 to 4, crystaline flowers that arise on the upper nodes of older, leafless canes.

Water and fertilizer should be lessened through the winter months and resumed when the new growths arise.

Synonyms Callista lancifolia [A.Rich.] Kuntze 1891; Callista lilacina (Teijsm. & Binn.) Kuntze 1891;Dendrobium lilacinum Teijsm. & Binn.1864; Dendrobium vulcanicum Schlechter 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing good; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D lilacinum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 sa D vulcanicum; Neue Orchideen Papuasiens J J Smith 1934; Neue Orchideen Papuasiens J J Smith 1934 as D lancifolium var papuanumOrchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014