Dendrobium microbulbon A.Rich. 1841 SECTION Stachyobium Photo by Tom and RVO's Orchid Talk Website

Inflorescence ?

Plant and Flower ? in India, Lonavla, Pune Dt., Maharashtra St. Photo by Antoine Le Lirzin

Common Name The Reflexed Petal Dendrobium

Flower Size .2" to .6" [.5 to 1.5 cm]

Found in western India at elevations around 1220 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with conical to ovoid, purplish brown, clustered pseudobulbs that elongate just before blooming and are enveloped basally by sheaths that deteriorate to a network of fibers in time and carrying 2 apical, thick to thin, linear, oblong to lanceolate leaves that blooms in the winter on 1 to a few, slender, erect, branching, .8 to 4" [2 to 10 cm] long, simultaneously 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence arising at near the apex of an elongate leafless pseudobulb and carrying long lasting, faintly to strongly scented flowers

D elliotianum, D gregulus, D garretii and D microbulbon are often mixed up. They can be easily separated by D elliotianum having a solid purple lip with a white flower, D gregulus has a light sulphur yellow flower with red purple veined sidelobes and D garretii has off white flowers with violet veins and a white or green lip with a central yellow patch and purple veined sidelobes. D microbulbon has a mostly white flower with just a few rose markings on the sidelobes and a white lip.

Synonyms Callista microbulbon (A.Rich.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium crispum Dalzell 1852; Dendrobium humile Wight 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; The Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 drawing ok; Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide for the 1st photo; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Compendioum of Minaiture Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons and Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014

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