Dendrobium pedunculatum (Clemesha) D.L. Jones & M.A. Clem. 1989 - See Dendrobium speciosum J. E Smith 1805 SECTION Dendrocoryne
Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Marius Wasbauer
Yellow Flower Form Photo courtesy of Tropical Orchid Farm
Common Name The Close Sitting Dendrobium [Refers to the flowers being close to the stem] - The Dwarf Rock Orchid
Flower Size 3/4" to 1 1/2"
Found in Queensland Australia as well as New Guinea on the hot and dry western faces of the dividing range at 200 to 600 meters as a small sized, hot growing lithophyte in full sun where it is very hot and dry with conical, thick, erect, purplish stems carrying 2, glossy, purplish leaves and it blooms in late winter and spring on a medium length to 12" [to 30 cm], axillary, purple, racemose, inflorescence that arises from the upper nodes of leafed canes with many, fleshy, long-lasting flowers crowded at the apex of the scape. Greatly reduce water and eliminate fertilizer for 3 months in the witer until new growth arises in the spring.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 10 1994 photo; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Thelychiton pedunculatus