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Dendrobium bensoniae (Lady Benson’s dendrobium)

A large-flowered orchid from the forests of northeastern India and northern Burma, Lady Benson's dendrobium is cultivated by orchid enthusiasts.
Illustration of Dendrobium bensoniae (Lady Benson's dendrobium)

Illustration of Dendrobium bensoniae (Lady Benson's dendrobium) by Walter Hood Fitch

Species information

Scientific name: 

Dendrobium bensoniae Rchb.f.

Common name: 

Lady Benson’s dendrobium

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria. Listed in Appendix II of CITES.

Habitat: 

Lowland and submontane forests.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Orchidaceae
Genus: Dendrobium

About this species

Dendrobium bensoniae is a popular ornamental orchid from the forests of India, Burma and possibly Thailand. It has large flowers with a lip with a characteristic golden disk and two large, purple spots.

One of Kew’s earlier directors, Joseph Hooker, explained in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine how D. bensoniae was described from a specimen sent to the UK from Burma in the 19th century by ‘an indefatigable collector and horticulturist, Colonel Benson, after whose lady it is named at his own request’.

Synonym: 

Callista bensoniae (Rchb.f.) Kuntze

Genus: 
Dendrobium

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