Dendrobium lowii Lindl. 1861 SECTION Formosae

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower Form

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Scott Dallas of White Oak Orchids

Another Flower Angle

Photo by Peter Maxwell

Common Name Low's Dendrobium [English Orchid Grower and Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.8 to 5 cm]

Found in Sarawak Borneo in montane and heath forests as a medium sized, warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters in exposed locations on trees with clumping, erect, to 9 noded, zig-zag, thick stems with the upper leaf sheaths covered with brown or black hairs carrying to 6, towards the apex, persistent, narrowly ovate, obliquely bilobed apically leaves which are covered in black hairs below that blooms on a short, few to several [3 to 7] flowered inflorescence arising from the upper nodes of older leafed canes with long-lasting, fragrant flowers occuring in the summer.

Water should be reduced in winter but not enough for the plant to completely dry out, fertilizer can be eliminated as long as the plant is not actively growing.

Synonyms Callista lowii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium lowii var pleiotrichum Rchb.f 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No3 1958 drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 drawing ok; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing/photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 4 2008 photo; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 4 2009 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo/drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 6 2010 photo fide; to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2013 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #7 2017 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #3 2018 photo fide;