Dendrobium virgineum Rchb.f 1884 SECTION Formosae Photo by Lourens Grobler

FragrantPart sunWarm LATESummerFall

Common Name The Virginal White Dendrobium

Flower Size 1 1/2" or more [3.75+]

Found in Myanmar, eastern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in highland primary cloud forests at elevations below 1600 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing growing epiphyte with slender, cylindrical, medially swollen stems that are tapering at both ends carrying many, oblong to elliptic-ovate, deep green, flat, bilobed apically and covered in black hairs leaves that blooms on a short, racemose inflorescence arising from the nodes near the apex of the stem carrying 4 to 6, gardenia, rose to woody scented flowers occcuring in the late summer and fall.

In late winter water and fertilizer should be reduced and only with the arrival of new growth should it be resumed.

,A href="denkontumense.htm"> D kontumense is often cited as a synonym of D virgineum, only Kew separates. Also Kew states that D schildhaueri is synomonous with D kontumense but I feel that there are sufficient differences to keep them separate.

Synonyms Callista virginea (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 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; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 3 2001 photo; 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; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016;