Dendrobium torricellianum Kraenzl. 1910 SECTION Oxystophyllum [Bl] Miq 1859 Photo courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Part Sun Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Torricelli Dendrobium [A mountain range in New Guinea]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in New Guinea in lower montane forests at elevations around 1100 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing epiphyte with crowded, pendulous, non- to sparsely branched, densely many leafed stems completely enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying bilaterally flattened, lanceolate, acute, thickly coriaceous leaves that blooms in the spring on a fasciculate, successively single flowered inflorescence with ovate, longer than the ovary, acute to acuminate floral bracts.

Schlechter states that this species is very similar to B sD subsessile but this one has broader petals and much broader labellum with an oval shape. The leaves are larger, broader and thicker as well.

Synonyms Aporum torricellianum (Kraenzl.) Rauschert 1983; Dendrobium atrorubens Schltr. 1905; Dendrobium simile Schltr. 1906; Oxystophyllum torricellianum (Kraenzl.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlecter 1912/85; Neue Orchideen Papuasiens J J Smith 1934; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo good; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002