Dockrillia toressae (F.M.Bailey) Brieger 1981

Flower Closeup

Specimen Plant

Photos by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Howard Gunn

Plant and flowers

Photos by Tony Watkinson and the Western Australia Orchid Society, plant grown by Ken Gorey


Common Name The Torres Strait Dockrillia [A channel between New Guinea and Australia] - In Australia The Sparkle Orchid - The Mica Orchid - The Grain of Wheat Orchid

Flower Size .2" [.5 cm]

Found in northern Queensland Australia on trees and shady rocks as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte at elevations of 50 to 1220 meters in exposed locations with a rhizome, with a small vestigal, basal pseudobulb, that produces leaves all along carrying many, alternate, channeled on top, rounded basally, sparkly leaves that blooms on a very short, single flowered inflorescence arising at the apex of the vestigal pseudobulb with longlasting flowers occurring in the spring.

Water and fertilizer should be reduced through the winter months but don't allow a complete dryout, resume regular water and fertilizer in the spring as new growth arises.

Synonyms *Bulbophyllum toressae F.M. Bailey 1889; Dendrobium toressae (F.M. Bailey) Dockr. 1964 ; Stelbophyllum toressae (F.M.Bailey) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002 mispelling; Stilbophyllum toressae ( F.M.Bailey ) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Dendrobium torreseadrawing fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980 as Dendrobium torresae; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 drawing/photo fide; Dendrobium Orchids of Australia Upton 1989 as Dendrobium torresae drawing/photo fide; Miniature Orchids McQueens 1992 as Dendrobium toressae photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002 as Dendrobium torresae Drawing fide; Botanica's Orchids 2002 as Dendrobium torresae photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 as Dendrobium torresae photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Stilbophyllum toressae photo fide; Mille Et Une Mini Orchidees Roguenant 2009 as Dendrobium torresae photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #4 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #3 2010 as Dendrobium torressae photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 as Dendrobium torresae photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 11 2017 as Dendrobium toressae photo fide;