Dendrobium amoenum Wallich ex Lindley 1830 SECTION Dendrobium Photo by Enrico Henman

Plant and Flowers Photo by Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart sunCoolTo Warm LATER Spring

Common Name The Lovely Dendrobium

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.75 to 5 cm]

This medium to large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte isfound at the base of trees where they stay wetter and have less temperature fluctuations even though they are in the western Himalayas, India, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Bangladesh and Myanmar in tropical valleys and oak forests at elevations of 660 to 2000 meters with slender pendulous stems with thick nodes carrying many, pale green, deciduous, linear to oblong-lanceolate, narrow, wavy leaves that are apically pointed. Blooming occurs in the later spring on a short, axillary, 1 to few flowered, racemose inflorescence emerging from the upper leafless nodes and holding the fragrant [violets], flowers that may or may not open fully.

They need a lessening of water and fertilizer in the winter months but not kept dry. They are best mounted to accomodate the pendant growth habit of the canes but ample watering should occur daily in the hottest summer months.

Synonyms Callista amoena (Wall. ex Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium eggertoniae Lindley 1847; Dendrobium mesochlorum Lindley 1847

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 10 1964 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Indian Orchids and How to grow them Ghose 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; Indian Orchids : A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Orchids of Northwest Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo good; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D mesochlorum; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as D mesochlorum; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide

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