Dendrobium malvicolor Ridl.1917 SECTION Pedilonum J.J.Sm Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Plant and Flowers Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Ron Parsons.


Common Name The Mallow-Colored Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found only in Sumatra at elevations of 1550 to 3050 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte on stunted trees with crowded, sulcate stems that are thin and wiry basally and swollen towards the apex carrying 6, linear-lanceolate, acute, apically bilobed leaves that blooms in the winter on a short inflorescence with ovate-elliptic, spreading floral bracts and carrying several [3 to 4] flowers arising from the apex of mature leafless canes.

Give this species a 2 to 3 month drier winter rest from water and fertilizer but do not allow to dry out completely.

Synonyms Pedilonum malvicolor (Ridl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 2 1981 photo drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo good; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide