Dendrobium mutabile (Blume) Lindl. 1830 SECTION Calcarifera J.J. Sm

Another Plant Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Flower Closeup Photo by Dale Borders

Common Name The Variable Dendrobium

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.1 cm]

Found in India, the Ryukyu Islands, Sumatra and Java at elevations up to 700 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, crowded, thickened in the middle, erect to drooping, frequently branching, red, furrowed with age stems carrying 3 to 10, evergreen, lanceolate, tinged with violet beneath leaves blooming throughout the year and often more than once on an apical, to 7" [17.5 cm] long, often branching, usually erect, few to several [4 to 15] flowered inflorescence with variable colored flowers that last about 2 weeks.

Water and fertilizer should be reduced for 2 to 3 months in the winter and resumed only after new growth emerges in the spring.

Synonyms Anisopetala mutabilis (Blume) M.A.Clem. 2003; Callista brachypetala (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Callista mutabilis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium brachypetalum Lindl. 1859; Dendrobium firmum Steud. 1840; Dendrobium sclerophyllum Lindl. 1844; Dendrobium triadenium Lindl. 1847; *Onychium mutabile Blume 1825; Onychium rigidum Blume 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as D brachypetalum; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as D firmum; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 photo plant only; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 5 1983 photo ok; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo ok; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014