Dendrobium kingianum Bidwill ex Lindley 1844 SECTION Dendrocoryne Photo courtesy of Wilford Neptune.

Plant grown and awarded to Wilford Neptune.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.

Flower closeup - Pink Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Common Name Pink Rock Lily and Capt. King's Dendrobium [Governor - New South Wales 1800's] The Pink Rock Orchid

Flower Size 1" [2 to 3 cm]

This is a small to large sized, cool to warm growing lithophytic orchid from Queensland and New South Wales Australia at elevations of 50 to 1200 meters where it is found both on the coast and in the mountains growing lithophytically on rocks and cliff faces forming dense mats, with swollen basally and then fusiform, sulcate, dark colored stems carrying 2 to 7 , near the apex, ovate, thin textured leaves and blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, erect to arcuate, medium length to 16" [to 40 cm], few to 20 flowered, fragrant raceme that arises from the leaf axils at the apex of the canes both new and old. Water should be greatly reduced and fertilizer eliminated from mid fall until new growth appears in the spring.

The flowers of the species are quite color variable and have a full range of colors between red, purple, white striped and purplish blue.

Synonyms Callista kingiana (Bidwill ex Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium kingianum subsp. carnarvonense Peter B.Adams in P.B.Adams & S.D.Lawson 1995; Dendrobium kingianum subvar. pallidum A.H.Kent 1888; Dendrobium kingianum var. album B.S.Williams 1888; Dendrobium kingianum var. aldersonae F.M.Bailey 1905; Dendrobium kingianum var. pallidum F.M.Bailey 1885; Dendrobium kingianum var. pulcherrimum Rupp 1943 publ. 1944; Dendrobium kingianum var. silcockii F.M.Bailey 1902; Dendrocoryne kingianum (Bidwill ex Lindl.) Brieger 1981; Thelychiton carnarvonensis (Peter B.Adams) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Thelychiton kingianus (Bidwill ex Lindl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Thelychiton pulcherrimus (Rupp) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Tropilis kingiana (Bidwill ex Lindl.) Butzin 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 8 1963 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 9 1966 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as Dendrocoryne kingianum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 12 1986 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 2 1993 photo; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 10 1997 photo; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 4 2000 photo; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 1 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 2 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 3 2005;AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton kingianus photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton carnarvonensis photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton pulcherrimus photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007

Dendrobium kingianum var album Bidwill ex Lindley 1844 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 9 1959 photo; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide;

Dendrobium kingianum 'Speckles' HCC-AD/ANOS Bidwill ex Lindley 1844Photo courtesy of David P. Banks Australia Copyright

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