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Dendrobium sanderae Sander's Dendrobium


Sander's Dendrobium , Dendrobium sanderae


Dendrobium sanderae Rolfe var major 1909

Common Name Mrs. Sander's Dendrobium [English Nurseryman's wife and compiler of hybrid names late 1800's]

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

Found only in the mountains of Central Luzon in the Philippines at altitudes of 1000 to 1650 meters where it grows as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte on trunks of pine trees with erect, slightly thickened below the middle, longitudinally striate stem covered with leaf-sheaths that have black hairs and carrying to 40, ovate to narrowly ovate, bilobed at apex leaves and blooms in the spring through fall on a short, apical and lateral, raceme with 2 to 4, longlived flowers that arise from the nodes near the apex of the cane. Plants should be allowed to dry out somewhat through the winter months and a reduction in fertilizer is beneficioal as well. Resume regular water and fertilizer after the initiation of new growth in the spring.

Synonyms Dendrobium sanderae var major Hort 1954; Dendrobium sanderae var. milleri Quisumb. 1958; Dendrobium sanderae var. parviflorum Anschutz ex Quisumb. 1949; Dendrobium sanderae var. surigaense Quisumb. 1951

Dendrobium sanderae var. surigaense Quisumb. 1951 Photo courtesy of J. Cootes, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Differs from the norm by being a smaller plant, with slendere stems, narrower leaves and has flowers with relatively narrow oval petals with revolute margins and a much broader lip with revolute margins.