Dendrobium violaceoflavens J.J. Sm. 1929 SECTION Ceratobium Photo by Nik Fahmi and Vortex Orchids

Flower Closeup Photo by Thomas O McIntosh


Common Name The Violet-Yellow Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.8 to 2.4"" [4.5 to 6 cm]

Found in western New Guinea as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte in very tall trees or a lithophyte on rocks beneath them in shady rainforests with moderate rainfall year-round that occurs at elevations near sealevel and has very tall canes to 79" [200 cm] which taper apically and carry many elliptic to lanceolate, leathery, persistent leaves that are recurved along the margins and are grooved on the upper surface. This species blooms in the late fall to early winter on an erect to horizontal 12 to 24" [30 to 60 cm] long, laxly several to amny [10 to 20 ] flowered inflorescence that emerge from the nodes near the apex of the leafy stem and have heavy, waxy, long-lived, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Durabaculum violaceoflavens (J.J.Sm.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 10 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 1982 drawing/photo fide; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 photo fide/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 3 1992 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 1 2000 photo; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002