Gastrochilus dasypogon (J.E.Sm.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Gastrochilus Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part sunWarmTo HotFalland Winter

Common Name The Dense Beard Gastrochilus

Flower Size 1/2" to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm]

Found in Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam at elevations of 300 to 1000 meters as a small sized, pendant, warm to hot growing, monopodial epiphyte with very short stems carrying ovate-oblong, acute, obliquely bidentate apically leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a 3 to 6" [7 to 12 cm] long, corymbose inflorescence that has ovate bracts and several [5 to 10], simultaneously opening flowers. This humidity loving species needs hot to warm temperatures, year round watering, fertilizer and bright indirect light. Mount it on a branch or on tree fern.

Synonyms *Aerides dasypogon J.E.Sm. 1867; Epidendrum umbellatum Buch.-Ham. ex Lindl. 1833; Saccolabium dasypogon Lindley 1833;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Saccolabium dasypogon drawing ok; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing, photo fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 as Saccolabium dasypogon; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 1 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 8 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 drawing hmm; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as G obligus sic photo fide; Orchid Flora Of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Part 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014

Gastrochilus dasypogon spotted variety[Lindley]O.Ktze. 1891 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

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