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Dendrobium erosum  


Dendrobium erosum


Dendrobium erosum (Blume) Lindl. 1830

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Southern Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Papua & New Guinea, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands as a large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte on large trees along the border of mangrove swamps and forests at elevations of sealevel to 2000 meters with pendant, clustered, many angled, noded and leafy stems carrying many, lanceolate leaves and blooms in the fall and winter on a very short, pendant, few to many [5 to 10] flowered inflorescence arising from the upper nodes of leafless canes with flowers that do not open fully. The leaves of this species are dried, powdered and steeped and then mixed with coconut oil to be used as a perfume in western New Guinea. Water and fertilizer should be greatly reduced for 2 months in the winter until early spring and only resumed with the onset of new growth.

Synonyms Callista erosa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Chromatotriccum aemulans (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Chromatotriccum amblyogenium (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Chromatotriccum erosum (Blume) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002; Dendrobium aegle Ridl. 1896; Dendrobium aemulans Schltr. 1906; Dendrobium amblyogenium Schlechter 1911; Dendrobium inopinatum J.J. Sm. 1922; Pedilonum aegle (Ridl.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum aemulans (Schltr.) Rauschert 1983; Pedilonum amblyogenium [Schltr.] Raushert 1983; *Pedilonum erosum Blume 1825; Pedilonum inopinatum (J.J.Sm.) Rauschert 1983