Dendrobium piranha C.L.Chan & P.J.Cribb 1994 SECTION Distichophyllum

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Plant and Flower in situ Mt Kinabalu Borneo Photos by Copyright Rogier Van Vugt and His PBase Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Piranha-Like Dendrobium [refers to the gaping flower and toothed lip]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Java, Sumatra and Borneo in lower montane mossy forests at elevations of 1400 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with cane-like, flexuous, leafy stems carrying many, distichous, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, unequally obliquely roundly bifid apically, greyish green, articulated below to a tublular, clasping, brown to black, scurfy haired in youth sheath that blooms in the summer on an axilary, single flowered inflorescence with elliptic, obtuse floral bracts and carrying very fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Distichorchis piranha (C.L.Chan & P.J.Cribb) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; *Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan Lamb, Shim and Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 2001; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 6 2010 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 10 2012 photo fide; A Guide to the Orchids of Mt Kinabalu J J Wood 2013 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of Borneo J J Wood 2013 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide

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