Dendrobium rex M.A. Clem. & D.L. Jones 1989 SECTION Dendrocoryne Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of John & Lavinia Rees.

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Common Name The Kingly Dendrobium - The Golden King Orchid

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Queensland Australia as a large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte on trees in rainforests or lithophyte on rocks at elevations of 100 to 600 meters in open forests with deep green, erect, cylindrical to slightly club shaped canes with a narrow base that carries several apical, dark green, stiff, leathery leaves and blooms in the late winter and spring on a suberect or pendant, 2' [60 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with star shaped flowers.

Synonyms Dendrobium speciosum f. grandiflorum (F.M.Bailey) F.M.Bailey 1902 ; Dendrobium speciosum subsp. grandiflorum (F.M. Bailey) D.P. Banks & S.C. Clemesha 1990; Dendrobium speciosum var. grandiflorum F.M. Bailey 1896; Thelychiton rex (M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as D speciosum var hillii forma grandiflorum; drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 7 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 10 1994; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as D speciosum var grandiflorum photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton rex