Dendrobium sarawakense Merr. 1921 SECTION Calcarifera

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Common Name The Sarawak Dendrobium

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Borneo in lowland forests as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to spreading, slightly flexuous, grooved canes carrying many, narrowly elliptic, obtuse to acute, cuneate and shortly petiolate below into the base leaves and blooms in the spring on an axillary, .8" [2 cm] long, 4 to many flowered inflorescence arising on leafy stems with narrowly elliptic, acute, membraneous floral bracts.

Closely related to D hamaticalcar but D sarawakense is distinguished by the broader lip with an elevated longitudinal, undulating keel instead of a thick, "U" Shaped callus. The mentum is longer and is curved into an almost complete circle.

Synonyms Dendrobium multiflorum Ridl. 1908; Eurycaulis multiflorus M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 2001; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 3 2009; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide