Dendrobium nindi W. Hill 1874 SECTION Spatulata Photo By Barbara courtesy of Green Bites News from Wild Wings and Swampy Things

Inflorescence Photo courtesy ofGreg and Kerri Steenbeeke and their Orkology Kreations Website

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Common Name Nind's Dendrobium [Australian Collector of Species 1800's] - In Australia The Blue Antler Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2 1/2"

From northeastern Australia and sporadically in New Guinea where it is found in mangroves in hot steamy low lying coastal swamps at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters and is a large to giant sized, hot growing epiphyte with basally swollen, tapering towards the apex stems with blackish brown with purple stripes carrying 5 to 15 in the upper-half, dark green, elliptic to ovate, erect to spreading, distichous, alternating, rigid leaves. They recieve high light and at times salt spray as they grow overhanging the sea. The bloom season is in the summer and early fall on a 16" [40 cm] long, erect, racemose, several to many [8 to 25] flowered, inflorescence, with fragrant long-lasting flowers, that arises from the upper nodes of the cane and needs bright sunlight to initiate blooming.

Synonyms Dendrobium ionoglossum Schlechter 1912; Dendrobium ionoglossum var. pomatophilum Schltr. 1912; Dendrobium jofftii T.Durand & B.D.Jacks. 1902; Dendrobium tofftii F.M.Bailey 1890; Durabaculum ionoglossum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Durabaculum nindii (W.Hill) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D tofftii; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1985; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as D ionoglossum; Die Orchideen 2 Auflage Schlechter 1927 as D ionoglossum; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 as D toftii; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 10 1981 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 drawing good/photo fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 drawing/photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/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 fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Durabaculum nindii photo fide

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