Dendrobium parciflorum Rchb.f. ex Lindl.1859 SECTION Aporum SUBSECTION Strongyle

Photo by Karel & Alex Petrzelka and the Vietnam Orchid Website

Part sunWarm Cool Fall

Common Name The Few Small Flowered Dendrobium - In China Shao Hua Shi Hu

Flower Size .2 to 1.3" [.5 to 3.3 cm]

Found in Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Thailand, Laos, China, and Vietnam at elevations of 800 to 1700 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, close set, mid to apically leafy stems carrying, many, disitchous, widely spaced, somewhat flattened, linear, narrow, fleshy, nearly terete leaves that blooms in the fall on a short, single flowered inflorescence arising on leafy or leafless stems.

D marivelense is often given as a synonym of this species but it differs in blooming in the spring, has a single yellow spot without calli on the lip, obtusely triangular sidelobes and the midlobe is bilobed. D parciflorum blooms in the fall, has a long yellow central stripe with a central raised callus on the lip and no side lobes but a bilobed midlobe.

Synonyms Aporum jenkinsii Griff. 1845; Callista jenkinsii (Griff.) Kuntze 1891; Callista perula (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium perula Rchb.f. 1865; Eurycaulis perula (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D perula; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing fide/photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 3 1991 as D hainensis photo not; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D perula; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as D sphenochilum?; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 as D hainanense photo fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019