~Dendrobium tarberi M. Clements & D. Jones 1989 - See Dendrobium speciosum J. E Smith 1805 SECTION Dendrocoryne Photo courtesy ofGreg and Kerri Steenbeeke and their Orkology Kreations Website


Common Name Tarber's Dendrobium - The Pale King Orchid

Flower Size to 2 1/2" [to 6.25 cm]

This species is part of the D. speciosum alliance and may soon be a synonym of it but for now it retains it species status. It is found in Queensland Australia in moist forests adn rainforest on trees and rocks at elevations of 50 to 1200 meters as a large, cool to hot growing, epiphytic species from rainforests or humid forests on trees or occasionally on rocks with erect, cylindrical to slightly club shaped, narrow basally, stems that can have aerial roots and carries 3 to 5, apically clustered leaves with a flowering in the spring on a 18" [45 cm] long, suberect to pendant, densesly many flowered, racemose inflorescence that arises from the nodes near the apex of the pseudobulb after a decent winter rest from water and fertilizer and has fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Dendrobium hillii Hooker not F. Mueller 1861; Dendrobium tarberi M. Clements & D. Jones 1989; Dendrobium speciosum var hillii Hkr. f; Thelychiton tarberi (M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as D speciosum var hillii; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 7 1994 photo back cover; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 8 1998 photo as D speciosum var hillii; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton tarberi