Dendrobium porphyrochilum Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stachyobium Photo by Copyright W C Schraut and Orchids and More Website

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part shade CoolColdSpring

Common Name The Purple Lipped Dendrobium - In China Dan Ting Cao Shi Hu

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam on trees in forests grazed by cattle at elevations of 1850 to 2350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with attenuate, cylindric-conical, slender, yellowish pseudobulbs enveloped by imbricating, membraneous, striate sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, suberect to somewhat spreading, slightly arcuate, fleshy, thinly leathery, linear-oblong to obliquely emarginate, sessile, jointed, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, slender, solitary, pendant, slightly fractiflex, glabrous, simultaneously 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with glabrous basal sheaths.

Synonyms Callista porphyrochila (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium caespitosum King & Pantl. 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D caespitosum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing ok; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo plant only; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo good; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo hmm?; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; A Compendioum of Minaiture Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons and Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide;