Dendrobium tapiniense T.M. Reeve 1980 SECTION Latouria Photo by Copyright W C Schraut and Orchids and More Website

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Marius Wasbauer

Common Name The Tapini Dendrobium [Town in Papua and New Guinea]

Flower Size 1 1/2" or more [3.75 cm+]

This medium to large sized, cool growing epiphytic orchid is found in Papua & New Guinea at elevations of 1500 to 1950 meters with stocky, furrowed, basally tapering, 9 noded stem carrying 2, elliptic, apical leaves that blooms on a 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, several [10 to 15] flowered inflorescence carrying longlasting, stiff, fleshy flowers that arise from the apex of the cane.

A slight lessening of water and fertilizer is beneficial and should only be resumed with the onset of new growth in the spring. If a pot is used it should be just large enough to contain the roots otherwise a mount of tree-fern or cork is best if humidity is high and water is applied daily through the hot summer months.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; \ AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 1 1988 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 1 2006 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide