Dendrobium sylvanum Rchb. f. 1877 SECTION Spatulata Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Side View Of Flowers Crappy Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Part ShadeHotFallWinter

Common Name The Forest Dwelling Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea, New Ireland, Bouganville and the Solomon Islands at elevations under 80 meters as a large to giant sized, hot growing epiphyte with a basal thickened stem that is leafy in the upper half and carrying many, dark, glossy, green, elongate-ovate, smooth, tough, somewhat erect, apically bidentate leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on 1 to 2, 10 to 20" [20 to 40 cm] long, densely 15 to 40 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the cane and carrying long lasting flowers that do not open well.

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Synonyms Dendrobium kennedyi Schltr. 1921; Dendrobium robustum Rolfe 1895; Dendrobium validum Schltr. 1905; Dendrobium warianum Schltr. 1912; Durabaculum kennedyi (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Durabaculum sylvanum (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Durabaculum validum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Durabaculum warianum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Grastidium sylvanum (Rchb.f.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910 as D robustum; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Revision of the Orchids of German Samoa Schlechter 1910/11; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as D warianum photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 as D validum; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 2 1982 photo as D warianum; The Antelope Dendrobiums Cribb 1985 photo good/drawing good; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 no 3 1992 as D warianum photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing 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; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide

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