Dendrobium scopula Schltr. 1912 SECTION Herpetophyton Schltr. Photo by Ron Parsons

Part shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Small Twig Dendrobium [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in New Guinea on mossy trees in forests at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters as a miniature to large sized, cool growing epiphyte with a climbing, elongated rhizome giving rise to curved, many branching, very slender, densely leafy [broom-like] stems carrying many, linear, erect to nearly so, unequally bilobed apically leaves that are held towards the upper part of the stem that blooms in the summer on a short, single flowered inflorescence arising from the nodes along the sides of the stem.

Synonyms Dendrobium lucidum Schltr. 1912; Herpetophytum lucidum (Schltr.) Brieger 1981; Herpetophytum scopula (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 drawing fide; Neue Orchideen Papuasiens J J Smith 1934 as D lucidum; Neue Orchideen Papuasiens J J Smith 1934; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Herpetophyton lucidum d rawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo plant only; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D lucidum; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo good;