Dendrobium platygastrium Rchb. f. 1878 SECTION Platycaulon Photo by Harvey Sachs

Another Flower Color Photo by Jo Levy and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Inflorescence Photo by Wolfgang H. Bandisch, Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

and Again

Common Name The Broad-Bellied Dendrobium

Flower Size 3/4 to 1 1/4" [1.5 to 3 cm]

A New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Island and Vanuatu minature sized, hot to cool growing, epiphytic species found at elevations of 0 to 1200 meters with moss and ferns in dense lowland and montane, humid forests near watercourses, mangrove swamps, moss forests and plantations with erect, clustered, flattened and club-shaped towards the apex, basally narrow stems enveloped by leaf sheaths carrying 2 to 8, oval, thin, medium green, deciduous leaves after flowering that occurs in the spring and again in the fall on a terminal or lateral, short to 1 1/4 to 2 3/8" [3 to 6 cm] long, erect, few flowered, racemose inflorescence that arises from the nodes near the apex of leafed and leafless canes with non-resupinate flowers

This species and D platycaulon are both cited as synonyms one way or the other, but I have left them separate at this time. Please refer to the other species for more information. I feel that P platycaulon is confined to the Philippines and has three raised keels in the throat of the lip, D platygastrium has several and is found in New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Synonyms Callista platygastria (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium camptocentrum Schltr. 1906; Dendrobium goldfinchii Kranzlin; Dendrobium platycaulon Rolfe 1892; Eurycaulis camptocentrus (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Eurycaulis platygastrius (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem 2003; Pedilonum camptocentrum (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum platygastrium (Rchb. f.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878; Contributions to the knowledge of The Flora of New Caledonia Schlechter 1906 as D camptocentrum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D goldfinchii drawing fide; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912[1985] as D goldfinchii Kranzlin; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912[1985] as Dendrobium lamprocaulon; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 photo fide; Allertonia Vol 5 No 1 Kores 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 as D camptocentrum photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996 as D lamprocaulon; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as D aff platygastrium; A Guide to the Dendrobium of New Guinea Schuiteman 2013 photo fide;

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