Dendrobium lineale Rolfe 1889 SECTION Spatulata Photo by Diplocaulobium and The Wikimedia Website


Flower Closeup Photo by Joseph Dougherty


Common Name Morobe Shower - Jawani Island Yellow - Kui Blue - Kakar Island Pink - Sospan Island Yellow [All PNG]

Flower Size 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm]

Found in New Guinea as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte at elevations up to 800 meters along streams and oceans with erect, cane-like stems that are leafy towards the apex carrying many, oblong or lanceolate, rigid, leathery, persistent, dark green leaves and is very floriferous on a to 3' [to 90 cm] long, arcuate, densly or laxly many [15 to 35] flowered inflorescence with fragrant, long-lived, heavy-textured, color variable flowers that arise from the nodes at or near the apex of the older leafed canes occuring mostly from the spring through early fall.

Reduce water and fertilizer somewhat for 2 to 3 months in the winter and resume only with the onset of new growth in the spring.

Related to D mussauense but different and D mussauense may be more widespread than thought. D mussauense has a lip basically the same shape as D lineale but D mussauense has 4 higher ridges in the middle of the lip while D lineale has ridges that stay the same height from the base to the apex of the lip.

Synonyms Callista veratrifolia (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium augustae-victoriae Kraenzl. 1894; Dendrobium cogniauxianum Kraenzl. ex Warb. 1891; Dendrobium grantii C.T.White 1940; Dendrobium imperatrix Kraenzl. 1895; Dendrobium veratroides Bakh.f. 1963; Dendrobium veratrifolium Lindl. non Roxb. 1843; Durabaculum veratrifolium M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D augustae-victoriae; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D cogniauxianum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D imperatrix; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D veratrifolium drawing ok; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911/1985; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Dendrobium veratrifolium; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927 as D veratrifolium; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953 as D lineale drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photos fide; Orchids of Asia Soon 1980; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as D veratrifolium; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 2 1982 as D veratrifolium photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 2 1982 photo as D veratrifolium; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 photo fide/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 9 1987 photo good; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo good; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo ok; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; 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; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 as D veratrifolium;