Dendrobium odontochilum Rchb.f. 1876 SECTION Calyptrochilus

Inflorescence

Plant and Flower in situ New Caledonia Photos by Edouard Faria

FragrancePartial sunHot"Warm" Summer Fall

Common Name The Toothed Lip Dendrobium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in New Caledonia in humid forests at elevations of 100 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial with slender, cane-like, 2 to 6 noded stems carrying 2 to 3, apical, oblong, acute leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a 1 to 2, 2" [5 cm] long, successively 1 to 10 flowered inflorescence arising from between the leaves at the apex of the stem and carrying unpleasantly fragrant flowers

Only Kew says that this species from Australia is a synonym of D aemuelum from Australia and it may be, but this species has much shorter and thicker tepals and the lip is wider and has a less acute apex. I have left them separate as I need more information

Synonyms Tropilis odontochila (Rchb.f.) Butzin 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 drawing hmm; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societie Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; The Dendrobiums Wood 2006 photo seems to be closer to D aemuelum

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