Dendrobium cruttwellii T.M.Reeve 1980 SECTION Latouria

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

LATE to EARLY

Common Name Cruttwell's Dendrobium [Anglican Minister and Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in eastern Papua New Guinea as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte found low on the trunks of trees or on small branches of shrubs, that are usually less than ten feet tall, at elevations of 1500-2400 meters with shiny, erect pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 oblong-lanceolate leaves. The bloom season is in the late spring and early summer on an axillary, wiry, arching to pendant, 8" [20 cm] long, slender, few to several flowered inflorescence that arises from the leaf nodes near the apex of the pseudobulb with 2 to 12, pendulous, long-lasting flowers and requires a slightly drier winter rest to set the flowering.

Synonyms Dendrobium sayeria Schlechter 1912; Sayeria paradoxa Kraenzlin 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 as D paradoxa

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