Dendrobium minimum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1920 SECTION Crumenata TYPE Drawing by Oakes Ames and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Least Dendrobium [refers to the flower size]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Borneo near Mt Kinabalu at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte epiphyte with close set, basally swollen, strongly complanate, 2 to 3 noded, sulcate, oblong, bulbous thickening, slender above, laterally flattened, many noded, more or less branching, yellow, shiny, longitudinally grooved, nodes slightly inflated stems carrying distichous, coriaceous, many nerved, mid nerve prominent beneath, linear, grass-like, long acuminate, very unequally bilobed apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later fall on several, short, fasciculate, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from the uppermost nodes opposite the leaves and carrying white to white and yellow flowers.

Similar to both D cuneilabrum and D inconcinnum but separated by the much smaller size and very different leaves and the minute simple, flabelliform, truncate lip.

Synonyms Ceraia minima (Ames & C.Schweinf.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Studies in the Orchidaceae Vol 6 Ames 1920 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993, A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Baker 1996; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 drawing fide