Dendrobium tortile Lindley 1847 SECTION Dendrobium Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Another Plant Photo by David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

FragrancePart sunCoolLATEWinter To EARLYSummer

Common Name The Twisted Dendrobium - In Thailand - Khao kiu

Flower Size 2.8 to 3.1" [7 to 8 cm]

Found in Assam India, Bangladesh, Andaman Islands, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam at elevations around 1220 meters as a small to medium sized, cool, ascending to pendant growing epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte with club to spindle shaped, grooved and medially flattened stems with tubular leaf sheaths carrying 3 to 4, thin, deciduous, curved, leathery, sharply pointed leaves that blooms on an axillary, 1.6 to 3.1" [4 to 8 cm] long, few [2 to 3] flowered inflorescence arising from the upper leaf axils of leafless canes carrying longlasting, fragrant flowers occuring in the late winter and early summer.

Water and fertilizer should be drastically reduced in the winter months and resumed with the onset of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Dendrobium dartoisianum De Wild 1906; Dendrobium haniffi Ridl. ex Burkill 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium tortile drawing fide; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1953 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as D haniffii; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #10 1967 photo fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing/photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo good; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide ;