Dendrobium pleianthum Schltr. 1912 SECTION Pleianthe TYPE for the Section

Another Flower Angle Photos by Ed de Vogel/Wolfgang Bandisch and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch, Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site


Common Name The Rich-Blooming Dendrobium

Flower Size less than 1/2" [1.25 cm or less]

Found in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands as a large sized, warm growing epiphyte in the forks of tall trees or terrestrial on the ground below at elevations of 500 to 800 meters with flattened, erect or pendulous stems carrying many, linear-lanceolate, erect or spreading leaves twisted basally to all face in one direction that blooms on a very short, few to several [4 to 10] flowered inflorescence that arise from the axillary nodes on the middle of leafy canes arranged in 2 rows all occuring in the winter and spring.

Some reduction of water and fertilizer should occur through the winter months only to be restarted with the onset of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Exochanthus pleianthus (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Grastidium pleianthum (Schltr.) Brieger 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 photo plant only; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 11 1992 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroidee Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 photo fide;