Dendrobium spiculatum Schuit. 2017 SECTION Calyptrochilus Schlechter 1905

As a terrestrial in situ New Guinea

Photos by Andre Schuiteman

Common Name The Spiculate Dendrobium [refers to the prominent conical papillae on the exterior of the sepals and ovary which produce a spiky appearance when viewed close up]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in western New Guinea in mossy montane forests canopy at elevations around 1970 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a tufted, prostrate to ascending [in shade], to erect [in more light], slender, not to sparsely branching, tapering towards the apex, flexuous stems carrying many, suberect, not spreading in one plane with the stem, deciduous, coriaceous, narrowly ovate-oblong, margins smooth, obtuse, minutely mucronate leaves with tubular, glabrous except for the sparse papillae on the veins, that blooms in the winter on a arising laterally from the upper half of the leafless stems, very short, peduncle .2" [5 mm] long, provided with about 3, membraneous, imbricating, tubular scales, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with cupular, broadly ovate, acuminate, membraneous, sparsely papillose floral bracts and carrying patent to pendulous flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo/drawing fide