Dendrobium mohlianum Rchb.f 1862 SECTION Calytrochilus

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Common Name Mohl's Dendrobium [German Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size less than 1/2" to 1 1/4" [1 to 3 cm]

Found in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu in montane and cloud forests at altitudes of 450 to 3100 meters but are most common from 1500 to 2300 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing species with clustered, slender, spreading or pendant, basally lightly swollen, leafy towards the apex stems carrying many, distichous, lanceolate leaves. The bloom season is from late winter through spring and early summer on 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, few to several flowered racemes that arise axillary towards the apex of older leafless canes with 4 to 6 flowers and it is pollinated by birds.

Water and fertilizer should be slightly reduced through the winter months and only resumed with the onset of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Chromatotriccum mohlianum (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Dendrobium mohlianum subsp. kolombangaricum Ormerod 2010; Dendrobium neo-ebudanum Schlechter; Dendrobium vitellianum Krzl.; Pedilonum mohlianum (Rchb. f.) Brieger; Pedilonum neoebudanum (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum vitellinum (Kraenzl.) Rauschert

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing good; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D vitellinum drawing good; Revision of the Orchids of German Samoa Schlechter 1910/11; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 8 1980 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Pedilonum mohlianum photo plant only; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 stamp fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 photo fide; Allertonia Vol 5 No 1 Kores 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing ?/photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo good; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 1 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 drawing ok/photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; *Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchideen Series C Band 74 Thiv & Worz 2012 photo fide; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy & Schmidt 2013 photo fide;