Dendrobium smilliae F. Muell. 1867 SECTION Calyptrochilus

Flower Closeup Plant Photos byDanny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Smillie's Dendrobium [Female Orchid Enthusiast Australia 1800's] - In Australia The Bottlebrush Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/2" to 2" [1.5 to 3 cm]

Found in Queensland Australia as well as Papua and New Guinea growing on tree limbs, trunks, tree crooks where leaves have accumulated to form soil and on rocks in lowland open forests near the edge of rainforests at elevations under 600 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, fusiform, leafy throughout, sulcate with age stems enveloped by thin, scarious sheaths and carrying oblong or lanceolate, very thin, twisted or curved, acute leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, 1.6 to 5" [4 to 12.5 cm], densely many flowered raceme that arise from near the apex of the leafless cane, carrying stiff, thick, waxy and fleshy, tubular flowers held in a ball.

A slight winter rest from water and fertilizer should be given until new growth emerges in the spring.

Synonyms Callista ophioglossa (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Callista smilliae (F. Muell.) Kuntze 1891; Chromatotriccum pachyceras (F.Muell. & Kraenzl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Coelandria smillieae [F. Meuller] Fitz. 1882; Dendrobium hollrungii Kranzlin 1889; Dendrobium hollrungii Kranzlin var australiense Rendle ?; Dendrobium kaernbachii Kranzlin 1894; Dendrobium ophioglossum Rchb.f 1876; Dendrobium pachyceras F. Mueller & Kranzlin 1894; Dendrobium secundum var. urvillei Finet 1903; Dendrobium smilliae var ophioglossum[Rchb.f]Bailey 1883; Pedilonum hollrungii (Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum ophioglossum (Rchb. f.) Brieger 1981; Pedilonum pachyceras (F. Muell. & Kraenzl. ex Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum smillieae (F. Muell.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D holrungii; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D kaernbachii; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D ophioglossum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D pachyceras drawing ok; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as Dendrobium hollrungii Kranzlin; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D hollrungii; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927 as D hollrungii; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #10 1967 photo fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 3 1979 photo fide; Orchids of Asia Soon 1980; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Pedilonum ophioglossum; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Pedilonum smilliae; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 10 1987 photo fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 3 1991 photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D hollrungii; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Coelandria smillieae; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #5 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #5 2019 photo fide;