Dendrobium macropus (Endl.) Rchb.f. ex Lindl. 1858 SECTION Dendrocoryne Photos by The Orchid Species Plus Website


Common Name The Large Column Foot Dendrobium - In Australia The Norfolk Island Cane Orchid

Flower Size .6 to .8" [1 1/2 to 2 cm ]

Found on Norfolk Island in humid forests on trees and rocks at elevations of 200 to 300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphytic orchid with cylindrical, yellowish green, ribbed stems carrying towards the apex, 3 to 6, dark green, thin textured leaves that blooms in the later winter and earlier spring on a 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to and often cited as synomonous with D gracicaule but this one differs in the very cordate, longitudinally folded lip apex that is not revolute

Synonyms Callista macropus (Endl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium drake-castilloi Kraenzl. 1928; *Thelychiton macropus Endl. 1833; Tropilis drake-castilloi (Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as syn of D gracicaule photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton macropus photo good; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014