Dendrobium triste Schltr. 1912 SECTION Grastidium Photo courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III
Common Name or Meaning The Dark Purple Dendrobium
Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]
Found in New Guinea in lower montane forests at elevations around 900 meters as a giant sized, warm growing epiphyte with crowded, pendulous, terete, densely many leaved stems enveloped completely by leaf sheaths and carrying lanceolate-elliptic, subacute, sub patent leaves that blooms in the fall on a lateral from the stem, 2 flowered inflorescence arising through a laterally compressed, semiorbicular spathe.
Synonyms Grastidium triste (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlecter 1912/85 drawing good does not show hairy lip; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 3 2000 photo as Grastidium triste; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002