Dendrobium johannis Rchb.f 1865 SECTION Spatulata Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dave Sorokowsky

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Common Name Johan's Dendrobium [John Gould Veitch, 1st orchid breeder] - In Australia The Chocolate Tea Tree Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

This small to large sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic species that comes from northeastern Australia and Papua and New Guinea in and around rainforests and swamps with scarce winter rain and high light has densely clustered, brown, unevenly swollen pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 8, on the apical one quarter, lanceolate, dark green, tough, thick leaves that are sharply pointed apically. The bloom season is mainly from spring through fall and winter occuring on a 6 to 20" [15 to 50 cm] long, axillary, several to many [2 to 20] flowered, racemose inflorescence with waxy, glossy, fragrant [not so nice], longlasting flowers that arise from the nodes at the apex of leafy and leafless canes.

If the plant is properly dried out through the winter months and given no fertilizer until spring when the new growth is visible blooming and a healthy plant will follow.

Synonyms Callista johannis (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Cepobaculum johannis (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Dendrobium undulatum R. Br. var johannis[Rchb.f]F.M.Bailey 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 1982 photo; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 phopto fide/drawing fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 3 1992 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo good; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Botanica's Orchids 2002 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Cepobaculum johannis photo fide

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