Dipodium pandanum F.M.Bailey 1902 SECTION Leopardanthus

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Partial Shade Hot Cool Summer through Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Pandanus-Like Dipodium

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.68" [3 to 4.2 cm]

Found in the Moluccas, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Queensland Australia in lowland primary rainforests, lowland secondary forests, hillforests, ridge top forests amd mossy montane forests on humus at the base of trees and ascending at elevations of sea level to 1470 meters as a giant sized, hot to cool growing terresrial or scrambling-climbing herb with a climbing, densely leafy throughout, slightly compressed stem carrying many, suberect, to spreading to arching, alternately 2-ranked, linear-ligulate, gradually narrowing towards the apex, acute, conduplicate leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on an erect, axillary, shorter to longer than the leaves, peduncle 3.6 to 9.6" [9 to 24 cm] long, provided with 3 distant, short, broad, obtuse scales, rachis 2.4 to 10" [6 to 25 cm] long, cylindrical, sometimes angular, racemose, to 18" [18 to 45 cm] long overall, laxly to 35 flowered inflorescence with triangular floral bracts and carrying color variable flowers.

Synonyms Dipodium pandanum var. pilotaenia Schltr. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 12 O'Byrne 2013; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 19 2017 drawing/photo fide;