Dendrobium toppiorum A.L.Lamb & J.J.Wood 2008 SECTION Formosae

Photo by Lena Topp and her Orchid Website

Part Shade Cool winter

Common Name The Topp's Bulbophyllum [refers to Lena and Claus Topp from Denmark and discoverers of species current]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in lower montane heath forests at elevations around 1240 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with clustered, erect, slightly basally swollen, gently fractiflex, glossy yellow with age cane-like stems carrying many, coriaceous, spreading, oblong-elliptic, unequally obtusely, bilobulate apically, adaxially dull green, glabrous, abaxially black hairy leaves that blooms in the winter on an axillary, short, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, brown, covered in black hairs floral bracts.

Similar to D ayubii but is distinguished by having only one, instead of three, small keel in between the 2 large keels on the disc of the lip.

Synonyms Dendrobium toppiorum subsp. taitayorum P.O'Byrne 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 1 2008 as D toppii photo/drawing fide; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 6 2010 photo/drawing fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------