Dendrobium normanbyense P.J.Spence 2010

SECTION Latouria Photo by Lawrence Kuekes

Part sun Warm LATE Winter

Common Name The Normanby Island Dendrobium

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in tropical montane forests at elevations of 700 to 900 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with clustered, erect, subclavate, acutely angled in cross-section, 3 to 6 noded below the leaves, yellow pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, spreading, thin, coriaceous, elliptic-ovate to narrowly elliptic, acute apex, cuneate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late winter on an erect to arcuate, one from the apex, and sometimes one from each leaf base, 1.4 to 2.2" [3.5 to 5.5 cm] long, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute to apiculate longer than the ovaryal bracts .

Originally thought to be a small variety of D atroviolaceum, it has recently been elevated to species status.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest 74(4): 219 (-221; photogrs.). spence 2010 drawing/photo fide