Dendrobium curvicaule [F.M.Bailey]M. Clements & D.L. Jones 1989 - See Dendrobium speciosum J. E Smith 1805 SECTION Dendrocoryne

Photo courtesy ofGreg and Kerri Steenbeeke and their Orkology Kreations Website


Common Name The Crooked Stem Dendrobium - Rainforest Rock Orchid

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

A large sized, cool to warm growing terrestrial or lithophye in Queensland Australia and is a species from the D. speciosum alliance, it can be found in the coastal plains and in the highlands at elevations of 20 to 1200 meters with stems enveloped by sheaths carrying 4 large, leathery,, purplish leaves that blooms on an axillary, semi-erect to pendant, racemose, many flowered inflorescence that arise from the nodes at the apex of the cane occuring in the late winter and spring. They experience a wet season from summer through autumn and then it is considerably drier from winter till spring and they can take some direct sunlight.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 10 1994 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchid Australia Vol 13 No 1 2001 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as D speciosum var curvicaule photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo good; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton curvicaulis