Systematics of Dendrobium
An infrageneric classification of the horticulturally important genus Dendrobium
With about 1500 species, Dendrobium is the second largest orchid genus (after Bulbophyllum). Many species and especially hybrids are globally cultivated on a large scale. A satisfactory classification of Dendrobium at the infrageneric level is not yet available. DNA-based phylogenetic reconstructions need to be correlated with data on morphology and biogeography in order to provide such a classification. Once available, this classification will help ensure nomenclatural stability and give insight into the evolutionary history of the genus.
Key papers published 2006-2011:
- Schuiteman, A. & P.B. Adams. (2010) A broad look at Dendrobium. Orchadian 16: 447-459.
- Schuiteman, A. & P.B. Adams. (2011) New combinations in Dendrobium (Orchidaceae). Muelleria 29: 62-68.
- Adams, P.B. (2011) Systematics of Dendrobiinae (Orchidaceae), with special reference to Australian taxa. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166: 105-126.
- Schuiteman, A. (2011) Dendrobium (Orchidaceae): To split or not to split? Garden’s Bulletin Singapore (in press).
- Schuiteman, A. (2012) Typification of infrageneric taxa in Dendrobium (Orchidaceae). Muelleria (in press).
Conferences and workshops:
- 8th International Flora Malesiana Symposium, Singapore, 23-27 August 2010.
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