Dendrobium transparens Wall. 1828 SECTION Dendrobium

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

White Color Variation

White Form Flower Closeup

Photo by Patricia Harding.

FragrancePart sunWarmColdSpring To EARLYSummer

Common Name The Translucent Dendrobium

Flower Size to 1 1/2" [to 3.75 cm]

Found in western Himalayas, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Assam India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar and Vietnam in dense wet forests at elevations of 500 to 2100 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, terete, basally swollen, erect to pendulous stems carrying 5 to 7, deciduous, linear-lanceolate, recurved, acute leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a short, 2 to 3 flowered raceme emerging from hyaline bracts of the old leafless canes and carrying short lived, fragrant flowers

This species needs a slight rest from water and fertilizer in the winter although plants should never become completely dry for extended periods.

Synonyms Callista transparens (Wall.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium henshalli Rchb.f 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as D henshalli; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing good; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D transparens var album; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Eudendrobium transparens drawing fide; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 10 1964 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Indian Orchids and How to grow them Ghose 1968; Indian Orchids : A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981; Orchids of Northwest Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing/photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Taiwania 61(4):319-354 November 2016, New Species of Orchids (Orchidaceae) in the Flora of Vietnam Averyanov, Nong, Nguyen and Truong 2016 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;