Dendrobium herbaceum Lindl. 1840 SECTION Herbacea TYPE for the Section Photos by Pankaj Kumar and The Flowers of India Website

Plant in situ India

Plant in situ India Photos courtesy of The Enchanting Kerala Website

Part Shade Warm Cool LATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Herbaceous Dendrobium

Flower Size .2 to .3" [.5 to .8 cm]

Found in India, Bangladesh, Assam, and the Andaman Islands at elevations of 600 to 1300 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, erect, branching, narrowest at the base, grooved with age, shiny dark brown stems carrying 1 to 3, apical, linear-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, short, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to D georgei but this one has a thickening stem but no pseudobulb, longer stems up to 40" [to 100 cm] long, longer and thicker leaves, the inflorescence arising from the terminal or lateral nodes of the stem and carrying yellow flowers.

Synonyms Callista herbacea (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium ramosissimum Wight 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 drawing good; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification & Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing good; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok/photo hmm; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014

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