Dendrobium wenzelii Ames 1915 SECTION Aporum Photo by Ronnie Boos and The RV Orchidtalk Website

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and flower Photo byDale and Deni Borders


Common Name Wenzel's Dendrobium [Orchid Collector in the Philippines 1800's]

Flower Size less than 1/2" [Less than 1.25 cm]

This is an endemic to the Philippines, miniature sized, hot growing species from the island of Leyte at elevations of 300 meters or less with slender stems carrying many, rigid, triangular, sickle-shaped, 2 ranked leaves all along the stem that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a short, 1 flowered inflorescence that arises from the cushion af fiberous scales at the stem nodes across from the rudimentary leafs.

This orchid has a zigzag leaf pattern like Dichaea but the last 2 apical leaves always appear to be orange in color.

A slight reduction of water and fertilizer should occur through the winter months and only increased with the arrival of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Aporum wenzelii (Ames) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of the Philippines Cootes and Tiong 2015 photo ok;