Dendrobium chameleon Ames 1908 SECTION Calcarifera Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Plant and flowers Photos courtesy of Dale Borders.

Summer Fall

Common Name The Chameleon Dendrobium [Refers to the flowers quick change from original color to yellow as they age] - In China Chang Zhao Shi Hu

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/2" [2.5 to 3.75 cm]

A medium sized, warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte from the Philippines and Taiwan occuring at altitudes of 600 to 1000 meters on rocks, tree fern and tree trunks or hanging from branches in damp, shaded areas. It has cane-like, branching, pendant to horizontal stems that are thickened apically carrying many, ovate, evergreen leaves that blooms on an axillary, short, many to each pseudobulb, all along upper third of the leafed cane, 1 to 4 flowered, racemose inflorescence with flowers that quickly lose their original color and turn yellow.

This species needs an even temperature year round but in the winter months the plant should get less water but not allowed to dry out entirely.

Synonyms Dendrobium chameleon f. alba Ames & Quisumb 1931; Dendrobium chameleon var. ovatilabium Ames & Quisumb. 1931; Dendrobium longicalcaratum Hayata 1914; Dendrobium randaiense Hayata 1911; Pedilonum longicalcaratum (Hayata) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Native Orchids of Taiwan Tsan-Piao Lin 1975 as D randaiense drawing/photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 drawing fide; Orchidiana Philippiana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as D chameleon var ovatilabium; Orchidiana Philippiana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as D chameleon var ovatilabium f Alba; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo good; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 as D chamenleon var ovatilabium photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo ok; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 Dendrobium chameleon var. ovatilabium photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo goood; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan An Illustrated Guide Lin & Wang 2014 photo fide;