Dendrobium tenellum (Blume) Lindl. 1830 SECTION Crumenata

ANother Angle Photos by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved


Common Name The Very Delicate Dendrobium

Flower Size .4 to .5" [1 to 1.2 cm]

Found in Java in humid and dry montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and occasional terrestrial with erect, red, shiny, swollen medially stem carrying 10 to 12, pale green, almost terete, gradually smaller apically leaves that blooms on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the stem, with color variable, short-lived flowers occurring in the summer.

Water and fertilizer should be reduced so the plant is slightly dry between waterings through the winter months and resumed only after the onset of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Aporum tenellum (Blume) Rauschert 1983; Ceraia setifera M.A.Clem. 2003; Callista tenella (Blume) Kuntze 1891; Ceraia tenella (Blume) M.A.Clem. 2003; Dendrobium tenellum var. setifolium Guillaumin 1956; *Onychium tenellum Blume 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide