Dendrobium cyanocentrum Schltr. 1906 SECTION Calyptrochilus

Color Variation Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Plant Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Black-Blue Spurred Dendrobium

Flower Size 1/2"+ [1.5 cm]

Found in the mountains of New Guinea as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte in rainforests, forest clearings and river banks at elevations of 100 to 1600 meters with erect to semi-pendent, ovoid to cylindrical to fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, distichous, apical, slender, rough, twisted, purple beneath, conduplicate, semi-glossy, linear-ligulate, acute, acuminate, leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, short inflorescence often hidden within the leaves but arising on leafy and leaflesss canes with a single, rarely 2, star-shaped, lightly fragrant flowers.

A drier winter should be given but do not let the plant dry out completely and fertilizer should be eliminated until new growth is initiated in the spring.

Synonyms Dendrobium flavispiculum J.J. Sm. 1913; Dendrobium lapeyrouseoides Schltr. 1912; Oxyglossellum cyanocentrum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Pedilonum cyanocentrum (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum flavispiculum (J.J.Sm.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum lapeyrouseoides (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 11 1992 photo; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 3 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 2 2008 photo; Mille Et Une mini Orchidees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Schuiteman 2013 photo fide; A Compendioum of Minaiture Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons and Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014

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