Dendrobium pentapterum Schlechter 1906 SECTION Calyptrochilus

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Common Name Refers to the 5 winged ovary

Flower Size 3/4" to 1 1/2" [1.85 to 3.75 cm]

A freeflowering, miniature sized, cool to warm growing, epiphytic orchid from northeastern Papua and New Guinea and the Philippines that is found at altitudes of 500 to 2000 meters in lower montane cloud forests on mossy branches in moderate shade to bright light with ovoid to club-shaped, enveloped by persistent leaf sheaths, branching stems carrying 1 to 3, linear to elliptic leaves. This species can bloom at any time of the year on a short, terminal, single flowered inflorescence with longlasting flowers that arises from the apex of the leafed pseudobulb and having the flowers nestled in the leaves.

A slight lessening of water and fertilizer is needed in the winter for 2 to 3 months.

Synonyms Dendrobium brevicaule Krzl. 1899; Dendrobium pentagonum Kraenzl. 1910; Pedilonum pentagonum (Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum pentapterum (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1985; AOs Bulletin Vol 38 N0 9 1969 photo; The Orchids of The High Mountains of New Guinea P Van Royen 1979 drawing fide;Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 11 2009 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchids Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes and Tiong 2015 photo fide;