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Common Name Mrs. Maccarthy's Dendrobium [English wife of Colonial Ceylon Governor 1800's] - in Sri Lanka Wesak Mal

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in southern Sri Lanka in very hot and wet tropical evergreen forests as a small to medium sized, hot to warm pendant growing epiphyte with basally swollen, green to grayish white stems have crimson spots and blackish joints with a few apical, linear-lanceloate leaves and blooms in the late spring and summer on a 3.5 to 4.3" [9 to 11 cm] long, racemose, pendant, few [2 to 5] flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant, long-lasting flowers that do not open well

Synonyms Callista macarthiae (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium maccarthiae Pfitz. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927 photo good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 6 1966 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #3 1967 photo good; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006