Dendrobium strongylanthum Rchb.f. 1878 SECTION Stachyobium

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers in situ

Photos courtesy of © Peter O'Byrne, Jaap Vermeulen, André Schuiteman and Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Part ShadeCool to coldLATESpringto EARLYFall

Common Name The Bulging Flower Dendrobium [refers to the inflated flower] - In China Chu Chun Shi Hu

Flower Size .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand in montane forests on tree trunks at elevations around 1000 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or as the photo suggests lithophyte with a few, slender, 4" [10 cm] long, pendulous, vertically ribbed, slightly fractiflex canes enveloped near the nodes by sheaths and carrying 5, oblong to lanceolate, obtuse, slighly unequally bilobed apically leaves and blooms in the late spring through early fall on often more than one, 4" [10 cm] long, 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence arising from the nodes near the apex of the cane and carrying all the flowers towards the apex clustered in a loose ball

Synonyms Callista strongylantha (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium ctenoglossum Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910;Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;