Dendrobium lithocola D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 1989 SECTION Phalaenanthe Photo courtesy of John Rees

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Common Name The Rock Loving Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm]

This species grows on rocks south of Laura to Cairns on the eastern side of Cape York. Because of the often exposed, harsh situations it grows in, it has evolved into a compact form with pseudobulbs about 25cm long.

Synonyms Dendrobium bigibbum f. compactum (C.T.White) G.Piper 1950; Dendrobium bigibbum subvar. compactum (C.T.White) St.Cloud 1956; Dendrobium bigibbum var. compactum C.T.White 1941; Dendrobium phalaenopsis var. compactum C.T.White 1941; Vappodes lithocola (D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 9 1959; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as D bigibbum var compactum photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 as D bigibbum var compactum photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 3 2003 photo as D bigibbum var compactum; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Vappodes lithocola; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide

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