Dendrobium leporinum J.J.Sm. 1909 SECTION Spatulata Photo by Petrus Kurniawan

Alba Form Photo courtesy of Jek Yap

Common Name or Meaning The Rabbit's Ear Dendrobium [refers to the petals]

Flower Size 2.2 to 2.4" [5.5 to 6.2 cm]

Found in the Mouluccas and western New Guinea as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte with shiny yellow-green, obtusely 4 angled, cane-like, tapering above stems carrying many shiny, green, lanceolate to oblong-ovate, obtusely bidentate apically leaves and blooms in the summer and fall on a 5 to 7" [12.5 to 19 cm] long, suberect, 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying large showy flowers

Very similar to and may be synomonous with D statioides but more research needs to be done, they differ mostly in the distinctive colors and shorter flower segments of D leporinum.

Synonyms Ceratobium leporinum (J.J.Sm.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; 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