Dendrobium eriiflorum Griff. 1851 SECTION Stachyobium Lindl. Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Inflorescence Photo by Natsui

Inflorescence and plant Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Part sunCoolTo Warm LATESummer To EARLYFall

Common Name The Eria-Like Flowered Dendrobium

Flower Size .4 to .6" [.9 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Assam India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar and Malaysia at elevations of 800 to 2000 meters in subtropical valleys as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte on tree branches in bright light with clustered, fleshy at the base, attenuate above, yellow stems enveloped by loose sheaths and carrying up to 9, deciduous, oblong or lanceolate, obtuse leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on a erect to arching, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, laxly, several [6 to 8] flowered inflorescence with upside down flowers that open simultaneously.

Plants should be kept moist as they are growing but as they mature in the fall and winter sets in it is best to keep the watering and fertilizing at a minimum. Resume both water and fertilizer with the intitiation of new growth in the spring.

CAUTION I am not sure of these determinations. There are 2 distinct types here which may represent 2 different species. The second photo is closer to Hooker, King and Seidenfaden, the first is closer to Vadhanaphutti, Rajbhandari and Comber. No references make mention of the large anvil-like calli at the middle of the lip on the first photo. Seems it would be mentioned. So use with caution.

Synonyms Callista eriiflora (Griff.) Kuntze 1891; mispelling Dendrobium eriaeflorum; Dendrobium eriiflorum var. lombokense J.J.Sm. 1925; Dendrobium eriiflorum var. sikkimense Lucksom 2007; mispelling Dendrobium erleflorum

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as D erleflorum drawing hmm; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 10 1958 drawing; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing ok; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo plant only; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photos ok; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo good; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001 photo ok; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo good; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014

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