Dendrobium williamsonii J. Day & Rchb. f. 1869 SECTION Formosae

Photo by M Lecoufle and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Less Hairy Lip Form

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Dale and Deni Borders

Fragrance Part sunCoolTo Warm LATEWinter To EARLYSpring

Common Name Williamson's Dendrobium [English Ochid Collector in India 1800's] - In China Hei Mao Shi Hu

Flower Size 3"

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam in forests on tree trunks at elevations around 600 to 1400 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with upright, elongate-fusiform, velvety stems that are many leafed towards the apex carrying, oblong or lanceolate, velvety, obscurely bilobed apically leaves with leaf sheaths that are densely covered with black hairs that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a very short, black hairy, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence carrying waxy, fragrant spicy to citrus scented flowers that arise from near the apex of the newest maturing cane and appreciates a bright location.

Water and fertilizer should be reduced through the winter months and resumed only after the initiation of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Callista lubbersiana (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Callista williamsonii (J. Day & Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium lubbersianum Rchb.f 1882

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