Den. Sec. Stachyobium



Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Dendrobiinae

Species in the Section Stachyobium are in the subgenus Dendrobium,which has plants with pseudobulbs or stems that are fleshy for their entire length. Species of this section grow epiphytically at low to moderate altitudes in areas with distinct dry seasons. Species in Section Stachyobium are most closely related to Section Dendrobium. The plants are mostly small and have thin leaves which are often deciduous before the plants flower. The leaves occur along the length of the stems. Inflorescences are usually slender and may be at one or more nodes of the short, thick pseudobulbs with few to many flowers. Pseudobulbs may even be globular in some species and grow close together. The lip is 3-lobed and usually convoluted at the apex. Some species have short fimbriae along the front edge of the lip, like the teeth of a comb . The flower usually has a small mentum.

Derivation: The name is derived from "stachy" meaning "spike" or "like ears of corn" and "bios" meaning "life". May be named for the short, thick, spike-like pseudobulbs which grow close together.

Culture: This is a large group with varied growing conditions and different elevations. The culture in the data below are averages. For cultural recommendations for specific species, literature, such as Reference 1 & 2, is strongly encouraged.

Species included in this Section are: Den. barbatulum, Den. compactum, Den. cuspidatum, Den. delacourii, Den. denudens, Den. diodon, Den. eriaeflorum, Den. dixonianum, Den. erostelle, Den. eserre, Den. heyneanum, Den. herbaceum, Den. garrettii, Den. gregulus, Den. incurvum, Den. kanburiense, Den. kratense, Den. langbianense, Den. microbulbon, Den. miserum, Den. monticola, Den. mucronatum, Den. nanum, Den. ovatum, Den. panduratum, Den. peguanum, Den. porphyrochilum, Den. proteranthum, Den. pycnostachyum, Den. strongylanthum, Den. stuposum, Den. venustum, Den. wightii


Number of species:

About 35; the center of distribution is in Thailand with about 25 species.


India through Southeast Asia with one species on Java.

Dendrobium delacourii - ©2009 Greg Allikas

Den. peguanum - ©2009 Greg Allikas

Den. eriaeflorum - ©2009 Eric Hunt

Den. hemimelanoglossum - ©2009 Eric Hunt

Den. hemimelanoglossum 'Kisses' CBR/AOS - ©2009 Greg Allikas

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