Dendrobium spectabile (Blume) Miq. 1859 SECTION Latouria Photo courtesy of Glen Ladnier

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens


Common Name The Grand Dendrobium

Flower Size to 3" [to 7.5 cm]

A spectacular, medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte in primary rainforests, mangrove swamps and moss forests as well as an occasional lithophyte on rocks from Papua & New Guinea and the Solomon Islands at elevations of 300 to 2000 meters although it is most often from 300 to 500 meters with semiglobose at the base, to 8 noded stems carrying to 5, towards the apex, lanceolate to ovate, coriaceous, obtuse leaves, that blooms in the winter and early spring on an axillary, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, few to many flowered [to 20] raceme with minute, oblong bracts that arises from near the apex of leafed mature canes. Fertilizer as well as water should be reduced through the winter months and resumed only after the onset of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Callista spectabilis (Blume) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium tigrinum Rolfe ex Hemsl. 1891; *Latourea spectabilis Blume 1849; Latouria spectabilis Blume 1850; Latourorchis spectabile [Bl.] Breiger 1981; Sayeria spectabilis (Blume) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Latourea spectabilis; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 2 2001 photo; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 1 2006 photo as D spectabile f aurea; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide