Den. Sec. Calyptrochilus



Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Dendrobiinae

Derivation: The name means veiled lip; i.e., the lip plate covers the column and pollinium.

The species in this section are mostly from New Guinea and occur from low to high altitudes in areas of high year-round rainfall, such as along swampy rivers or cloud forests . The section is closely related to Pedilonum, Calcarifera and Oxyglossum. Species may be separated from these other sections by the apex of the lip which is incurved, making it look boat-shaped, and is fimbriate. Leaves are generally deciduous after one or two years. Species in this section produce clusters of brightly colored flowers from nodes along the mostly pendulous, leafless canes.

Species in this Section include: Den. lawesii, Den. mohlianum, Den. subclausum, Den. glomeratum, Den. codonosepalum, Den. erosum, Den. vannouhuysii, Den. cochleatum, Den. conicum, Den. convexipes, Den. trichostomum, Den. uliginosum, Den. wentianum

In respect to culture: This Section represents a large group of species with a wide range of conditions. The data in the table below are averages for the more common species listed herein. For growing data for specific species, literature, such as Reference 2, is recommended.

Number of species:

Approximately 40 species.


Mostly New Guinea; also species are found in Solomon Islands, and one species, Den. erosum, is distributed from from Vanuatu to Thailand. 

Dendrobium lawesii- ©2009 Greg Allikas

Den. lawesii- ©2009 Greg Allikas

Den. chrysopterum- ©2009 Greg Allikas