Dendrobium gibsonii Paxton 1838 SECTION Holochrysa Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant with flowers Photo by Drosera and The RV Orchid Talk Website

Part sunWarm TO CoolLATESpring TO EARLYSummer

Common Name Gibson's Dendrobium [English Orchid Collector 1800's] - In China Qu Zhou Shi Hu - in Thailand Ueang Kham Ta

Flower Size 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Vietnam at elevations of 650 to 1650 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte on mossy limestone cliffs with centrally swollen, tapering towards the apex, pendulous, ribbed stems carrying 6 to 10, ovate to lanceolate, acute, deciduous leaves that bloom in the spring and summer on a slightly fractiflex, nodding to pendulous, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, loosely 6 to 15 flowered inflorescence arising on older leafless canes.

This species and D chrysanthum are similar but this species has deciduous leaves, narrower petals, sepals that are much more spreading and the lip opening is rounder.

Synonyms Callista binocularis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Callista gibsonii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium binoculare Rchb.f. 1869; Dendrobium fuscatum Lindl. 1859; Stachyobium aureum Rchb.f. 1869

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as D binoculare; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as D binoculare; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D binoculare; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D fuscum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as D binoculare; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids : A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958 drawing; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as D binoulare; Beautiful Indian Orchids and How to grow them Ghose 1968 drawing fide; Indian Orchids : A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 photo fide; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 Photo good; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 hoto fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003 photo incorrect = ?; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as D bionoculare; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as D fuscatum photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing good; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide;

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