Dendrobium odontochilum Rchb.f. 1876 SECTION Calyptrochilus


Plant and Flower in situ New Caledonia Photos by Edouard Faria

FragrancePartial sunHot"Warm" Summer Fall

Common Name The Toothed Lip Dendrobium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in New Caledonia in humid forests at elevations of 100 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial with slender, cane-like, 2 to 6 noded stems carrying 2 to 3, apical, oblong, acute leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a 1 to 2, 2" [5 cm] long, successively 1 to 10 flowered inflorescence arising from between the leaves at the apex of the stem and carrying unpleasantly fragrant flowers

Only Kew says that this species occuring in New Caledonia is a synonym of D aemuelum from Australia and it may be, but this species has much shorter and thicker tepals and the lip is wider and has a less acute apex. I have left them separate as I need more information

Synonyms Tropilis odontochila (Rchb.f.) Butzin 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing hmm; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing ok; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societie Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; The Dendrobiums Wood 2006 photo seems to be closer to D aemuelum