Dendrobium prasinum Lindl. 1859 SECTION Calyptrochilus Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

to to

Common Name The Leek-Green Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found only in Fiji as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 600 to 1150 meters on shaded tree trunks or forks of mossy trees in open or dense forest often along streams with ovoid or cylindrical, narrow apically, yellow or orange stems enveloped by many gray leaf sheaths that deteriorate with age and leave numerous fibers. The plant has 2 to 3 apical, oblong-lanceolate leaves and blooms on a short, few [1 to 3] flowered inflorescence arising from the apex or nodes near by on leafless canes with long-lasting flowers occuring in the summer though winter.

A reduction of water and fertilizer is beneficial in the winter for good growth and blooming, resume only after initiation of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Katherinea prasina (Lindl.) A.D.Hawkes 1956; Maccraithea prasina (Lindl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Sarcopodium prasinum (Lindl.) Kraenzl 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as Sarcopodium prasinum; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 as Sarcopodium prasinum; Allertonia Vol 5 No 1 Kores 1989; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 3 2005; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy & Schmidt 2013;