Dendrobium amethystoglossum Rchb. f. 1872 SECTION Calcarifera Photo cortesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

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Common Name Amethest Colored Dendrobium

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.125 cm]

A medium to large sized, lithophytic, cold to warm growing species that is found growing on mossy, limestone cliffs at 1400 meters in Luzon, Philippines with clustered, erect, or arching, long, cane-like, often fractiflex, ridged stems carry several, oval, pale green, deciduous, shiny, leathery, ascendingly curved backward leaves that blooms in the winter on a axillary, pendant, 6" [15 cm] long, densely 15 to 20 flowered raceme with fragrant, drooping, long-lasting flowers that arise from nodes at the apex of the leafless canes but occcasionally on leafy ones.

This species may be mounted or grown in a pot and should recieve ample water from spring until late fall yet need a 2 to 4 month drier rest from fertilizer but the humidity must be maintained, resume normal care when new growths begin to emerge.

Synonyms Callista amethystoglossa (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Pedilonum amethystoglossum (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; 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; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide;

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