Dendrobium nathanielis Rchb.f. 1857 SECTION Aporum

Flower Closeup

Photos by Daniel Mercer and Treefern Orchids.

Part Shade Hot Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name Nathaniel's Dendrobium [Nathaniel Wallich Danish Botanist in India early 1800's] - In Thailand Klet nim

Flower Size .2 to .4" wide [.5 to 1 cm]

Found in Assam India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam at elevations around 180 to 280 meters meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing epiphyte with curved, stout cane-like stems carrying many lanceolate, imbricate, disitchous leaves held all in one plane that blooms in the winter and early spring on a short, axillary inflorescence carrying 1 to 5, nearly erect flowers.

D mannii, D terminale and D nathanielsii are similar and can be confused.

Synonyms Aporum cuspidatum Wall. ex Lindl. 1841; Aporum nathanielis (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. 2003; Callista nathanielis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium cuspidatum (Wall. ex Lindl.) Lindl. 1859; Dendrobium multiflorum C.S.P.Parish & Rchb.f. 1874

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D cuspidatum Lindl. 1858; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 d multiflorum; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D multiflorum; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 as D multiflorum drawing ok; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Aporum cuspidatum; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as D mannii not = D nathanielsii photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 ; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide ;