Dendrobium loddigesii Rolfe 1887 SECTION Dendrobium Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Specimen Plant Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Ted & Angela Foin.

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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, warm to cold 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 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 ?

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium loddigesii drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 5 1960 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 6 1966 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 3 1979 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 57 Vol 3 1993 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #1 2009 drawing; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide;

Dendrobium loddigesii Rolfe 1887 var albescens Photo by Arnold Gum

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