Dendrobium shiraishii T.Yukawa & M.Nishida 1992 SECTION Latouria Photo courtesy of Gunawan Saputra of New Guinea

Common Name Shiraishi's Dendrobium [Japanese Orchid Enthusiast and Author of Japanese orchid Books current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in western New Guinea at elevations around 500 to 1500 meters as a warm to cool growing epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte with greenish brown, clustered, grooved stems that are swollen in the apical part carrying, 2 to 4, apical, leathery, rounded apically, dark green, elliptic-oblong leaves that blooms on a terminal, 11 to 15" [27.5 to 40 cm] long, several [12] flowered racemose inflorescence with long-lasting, wide open flowers.

Related to D macrophyllum but differs in the somewhat thicker, much darker stems and that the 16" [40 cm] long, to 12 flowered inflorescence arise from the apex of the stem

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 1 2000 photo; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 1 2006 photo;

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