Dendrobium melanostictum Schltr. 1905 SECTION Amblyanthus Photo by Copyright © W C Schraut and Orchids and More Website


Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Another Flower?

Plant and Another Flower? Photos by Dr Ed de Vogel © and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Part Sun Hot Spring Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Black Spotted Dendrobium [refers to the black spots on the back of the sepals]

Flower Size .7" [1.7 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea and the Santa Cruz Islands in swamps and lowland forests and seasonally dry rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 450 meters as a small to large sized, hot growing epiphyte with close set, flexuous stems completely enveloped by tubular, longer than the internodes leaf sheaths and carrying many erect, lanceolate, acute, minutely unequally bidentate leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on several on the same leafy to leafless stem, lateral from the stem, perforating 2 sheaths, racemose, subcapitate, short, subsessile, minutely squamose, 7 flowered inflorescence with oblong, sub-cucullate-incurved, truncate floral bracts that blooms all year on a lateral from the stem, subsessile, 2 to 8 flowered inflorescence arising through a short, oblong, obtuse spathe.

D squamiferum is close to this species and D squamiferum is often cited as a synomon of D melanostichum but D melanostichum has a winged column and D squamiferum does not.

Synonyms Amblyanthe melanosticta (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; ; Amblyanthus melanostictus (Schltr.) Brieger 1981;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlecter 1912 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Amblyanthus melanostictum; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994 as D squamiferum drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as D squamiferum photo good; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002 as D squamiferum; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014