Dendrobium sphenochilum F.Muell. & Kraenzl. 1894 SECTION Aporum Photo courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Another Flower Angle Photo by © Luku 100 and his Orchid Blogspot


Common Name The Wedge-Shaped Lip Dendrobium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea in mangrove forests and rainforests rooted in humus and overhanging rivers and streams at elevations of 50 to 500 meters as a minature sized, hot growing, pendulous epiphyte with many distichous, sickle-shaped, lanceolate leaves that blooms on a terminal and rarely axillary, short, several flowered inflorescence carrying successive opening, short-lived, delicate, fragrant flowers that occur over several months arising from brown to black dry bracts which arising from the nodes near or at the apex of the cane with the flowers in a dense cluster.

Easily grown and rapidly makes a large plant if mounted on tree fern at the top of the mount to allow the frequent keikis a place to root. Give filtered sunlight and constant high humidity as well as regular fertilizer year round.

Synonyms Aporum confusum M.A.Clem. 2003; Aporum litoreum (F.M.Bailey) M.A.Clem. 2003; Aporum shipmanii (A.D.Hawkes) Rauschert 1983; Aporum sphenochilum (F.Muell. & Kraenzl.) M.A.Clem. 2003; Chromatotriccum sphenochilum (F.Muell. & Kraenzl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, 2002; Dendrobium confusum Schlechter 1911; Dendrobium litoreum F.M. Bailey 1906 ; Dendrobium shipmanii A.D.Hawkes 1957;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D litoreum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlecter 1914/85; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as D confusum photo fide; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994 as D litoreum drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D litoreum; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo good; 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;