Dendrobium pulchellum Roxb. 1832 SECTION Dendrobium

Photo by Patricia Harding.


Photos by Ekkehard Schwadtke and the Lanta Orchid Nursery and Orchid Garden Khaolak Website

FragrancePart sunHotTo CoolLATEWinterspring

Common Name The Charming Dendrobium - in Thailand - Ueang chang nao - Ueang takwai

Flower Size 2 3/4 to 5" [7 to 13 cm]

Found in Assam India, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Yunnan China and Vietnam at elevations of 70 to 2200 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte in open deciduous forests with erect, rather slender, terete, purplish with age, to 6'6" [200 cm] long stem enveloped by purple-striped leaf sheaths and carrying persistent, linear-oblong, cordate at base, obtuse or acute leaves that blooms from late winter to spring on a drooping, .8 to 5" [2 to 30 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence which are borne laterally from nodes near the apex of leafed and leafless canes and have 5 to 15, long-lasting, fragrant flowers.

In the winter this plant likes to dry out between waterings, and fertilizer should be with withheld until new growth appears in the spring.

Synonyms Callista pulchella (Roxb. ex Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium brevifolium Lindl. 1858; Dendrobium dalhousieanum Wallich 1844; Dendrobium moschatum Griff. 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D dalhousianum; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Materials For a Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Part 1 Ridley 1907 as D dalhousieanum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958 drawing ok; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 photo fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #10 1967 photo fide; Beautiful Indian Orchids and How to grow them Ghose 1968 as D dalhousienaum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 11 1970 photo fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Indian Orchids : A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 photo fide; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing/photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 drawing/photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #4 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 phot ofide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Guide to the Orchids of Myanamar Kurzwell & Lwin 2014 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide ;