Dendrobium mirbelianum Gaudich. 1829 SECTION Spatulata Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved


Common Name Mirbel's Dendrobium [French Botanist 1800's] Mangrove Orchid [Australia] - - In Australia The Dark-Stemmed Antler Orchid

Flower Size to 2 1/4 " [to 5.5 cm]

Found from Queensland Australia, Solomon Islands and Papua and New Guinea as a medium to gigantic sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte in coastal lowland forests and swamps, or lithophyte on exposed rock outcrops in savannah regions at elevations up of sea-level to 650 meters with high humidity and ample bright sunlight with basally swollen, cane-like and leafy above carrying many, oval to ovate, thick, leathery, dark green with purple striped leaves that blooms on a terminal or axillary, to 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, horizontal to gracefully arching, several to many [10 to 30] flowered inflorescence with waxy, glossy, heavy textured flowers arising on old or leafy mature canes occuring throughout the year and often more than once.

Synonyms Callista mirbelliana (Gaudich.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium aruanum Kranzlin 1910; Dendrobium buluense Schlechter 1912; Dendrobium buluense var. kauloense Schlechter 1912; Dendrobium giuliorietti Bailey 1883; Dendrobium giulianettii F.M. Bailey 1883; Dendrobium polycarpum Rchb.f 1883; Dendrobium prionochilum F. Muell. & Kraenzl. ex Kraenzl. 1894; Dendrobium rosenbergii Teijsm. & Binn. 1862; Dendrobium wilkianum Rupp 1941; Durabaculum mirbelianum (Gaudich.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Durabaculum prionochilum (F.Muell. & Kraenzl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D aruanum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D giulianettii; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing fide as D polycarpum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D prionochilum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D rosenbergii; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter as D buluense 1912/85; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Neue Orchideen Papuasiens J J Smith 1934; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photos fide; Orchids of Asia Soon 1980; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 1982 as D wilkianum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 2 1982 drawing/photo fide; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 photo fide/drawing fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo good; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing good/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 1 2000 photo; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Durabaculum mirbelianum photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 drawing fide;