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Dendrobium aphyllum

The proper scientific name of this commonly cultivated, tropical Asian orchid - most frequently known as Dendrobium aphyllum - is surrounded by much confusion.
Dendrobium aphyllum flower

Dendrobium aphyllum flower

Species information

Scientific name: 

Dendrobium aphyllum (Roxb.) C.E.C.Fisch.

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Epiphytic in (semi-)deciduous forest; also lithophytic on limestone cliffs.

Key Uses: 


Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Dendrobium

About this species

Dendrobium aphyllum is an orchid found in almost every botanical garden and many amateur collections. It is attractive and easily cultivated with long, pendulous stems that become leafless in the resting period and, for a few weeks during the spring, carry numerous, pinkish violet, fragrant flowers with a pale yellow or whitish lip. Dendrobium is among the largest orchid genera, with an estimated 1,500 species, and although many of these are prettier than D. aphyllum, few are as rewarding and persistent in cultivation. Dendrobium aphyllum flowers between February and July in the wild and in cultivation.


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