Dendrobium loddigesii Rolfe 1887 SECTION Dendrobium

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Flower Closeup

Photo by Jay Pfahl Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Specimen Plant

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Ted & Angela Foin.


Common Name Loddiges' Dendrobium [English Botanist 1800's] - In China Mei Hua Shi Hu

Flower Size about 2" [about 5 cm]

This is a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial that comes from Laos, Vietnam, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan and Yunnan provinces of China and Hong Kong and is found in humid, mossy, mixed and coniferous forests at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters with tufted, pendant, subterete, striated, several noded, white sheathed stems carrying alternate, fleshy, oblong, acute leaves and has a dry winter and a wet spring and summer. The longlasting, fragrant sweetly floral scented flowers are found from February through June on short to 3" [7.5 cm], single flowered inflorescence that arise from the nodes of leafless canes.

Synonyms Callista loddigesii (Rolfe) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium pulchellum Loddiges not Roxb. 1933; Dendrobium seidelianum Rchb.f ?

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Dendrobium loddigesii Rolfe 1887 var albescens

Photo by Arnold Gum