Dipodium pandanum F.M.Bailey 1902 SECTION Wailesia

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 Warm Summer through Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Pandanus-Like Dipodium

Flower Size 1.5" [3.8 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Queensland Australia at elevations of 300 to 600 meters in rainforests as a giant sized, hot to warm growing saprophyte/epiphyte on humus at the base of trees and ascending with a climbing, densely leafy stem carrying many, alternately 2-ranked, linear-ligulate, gradually narrowing towards the apex, acute, conduplicate leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on an axillary, laxly many flowered, to 20" [50 cm] long racemose inflorescence with distant, short, broad, obtuse bracts and triangular floral bracts.

Said to be a synonym of D scandens, I await further verification.

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; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/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

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