Dendrobium parthenium Rchb.f. 1885 SECTION Formosae

Photos by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Virginal Dendrobium - refers to the greek goddess Athene Pathene

Flower Size 2.5" [6.4 cm]

Found in Sabah, Borneo in the Mt Kinabalu area in hill or lowland forests along streams at elevations of 600 to 1100 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte that occurs with clustered, erect, simple yellowish green to yellow stems with many closely distichous, spreading, short, ovate-oblong to oblong, minutely obtusely bidentate, stiffly coriaceous, glabrous leaves that blooms in the fall on many, .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long, glabrous, green, successively one to 2, 2 to 3 [4] flowered inflorescence with ovate, obtuse to acute, glabrous, pale brown floral bracts carrying showy flowers that arise all along the stem between the leaves.

Synonyms Dendrobium sanderianum Rolfe 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D sanderianum; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as D sanderianum; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 2 2008 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide/photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of Borneo J J Wood 2013 photo fide; A Guide to the Orchids of Kinabalu J J Wood 2013 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes and Tiong 2015 photo fide;