Dendrobium microbulbon A.Rich. 1841 SECTION Stachyobium

Photos by Dinesh Valke and the Flowers of India Website


Plant and Flower in India, Lonavla, Pune Dt., Maharashtra St.

Photo by Antoine Le Lirzin

Common Name The Reflexed Petal Dendrobium

Flower Size .2" to .6" [.5 to 1.5 cm]

Found in western India in moist-deciduous forests and semi-evergreen forests at elevations around 1220 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with conical to ovoid, purplish brown, clustered pseudobulbs that elongate just before blooming and are enveloped basally by sheaths that deteriorate to a network of fibers in time and carrying 2 apical, thick to thin, linear, oblong to lanceolate leaves that blooms in the winter on 1 to a few, slender, erect, branching, .8 to 4" [2 to 10 cm] long, simultaneously 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence arising at near the apex of an elongate leafless pseudobulb and carrying long lasting, faintly to strongly scented flowers

D elliotianum, D gregulus and D garretii are often mixed up. They can be easily separated by D elliotianum having a solid purple lip with a white flower, D gregulus has a light sulphur yellow flower with red purple veined sidelobes and D garretii has off white flowers with violet veins and a white or green lip with a central yellow patch and purple veined sidelobes. D microbulbon has a mostly white flower with just a few rose markings on the sidelobes and a white lip.

Synonyms Callista microbulbon (A.Rich.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium crispum Dalzell 1852; Dendrobium humile Wight 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; The Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 drawing fide; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo not; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Compendioum of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons and Gerritsen 2013 photo not; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 Photo fide;