Dendrobium tetrachromum Rchb.f. 1880 SECTION Dendrobium

Photo by B J Ramsey and his Orchid Photos Website

Common Name The Four Colored Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Borneo in hill forests at elevations around 500 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with long, thin, many jointed stems carrying several, towards the apex, deciduous, narrowly elliptic, acute, basally twisted leaves that blooms in the fall on a lateral, .6 to 1.8" [1.5 to 4.5 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising at each node on either leafy or leafless stems and has ovate, obtuse to subacute, green floral bracts.

Closely related to D heterocarpum but distinguished by the almost glabrous lip which has a prominent fleshy callus on the disc.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 2001; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide