Dendrobium polyschistum Schltr. 1912 SECTION Grastidium [Bl] J J Sm 1905 Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Warm Cool LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Many Cleft Dendrobium [refers to the lip margin]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 1000 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to simple stems carrying many, erect-patent, glabrous, narrowly linear acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on lateral compressed, short, 2 flowered inflorescence.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white flushed slightly with red externally

Synonyms Dendrobium polyschistum var. graminiforme Schltr. 1912; Dendrobium polyschistum var. marginatum J.J.Sm. 1929; Grastidium marginatum (J.J.Sm.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1997; Grastidium polyschistum (Schltr.) Brieger 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 Drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as Dendrobium polyschistum var. graminiforme; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Grastidium polychistum photo plant only; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as Grastidium polyschistum photo good