Dendrobium correllianum

Dendrobium correllianum A.D.Hawkes & A.H.Heller, Lloydia 20 (1957) 119 (nom. nov.).

Basionym: Dendrobium tricolor Kraenzl.

Rhizome short. Stems crowded, rigid, flexuose, leafy throughout, 70-80 cm long. Leaves ovate-oblong to oblong, 2.5-6.5 by 1.5-2.5 cm, thick coriaceous, folded, apex obtuse, minutely bilobulate. Inflorescences as numerous as the leaves, few-flowered. Flowers c. 5 cm across. Dorsal sepal oblong-lanceolate, 2.5 cm by 7 mm, keeled, apex acuminate. Mentum as broad as the lateral sepals, rounded, bilobed. Petals ligulate, 2.5 cm by 5 mm, strongly contorted, apex subacute. Lip 3-lobed, strongly revolute, in outline rhombic, 0.8-1 by 0.7-0.8 cm, inside densely covered with papillae, with a thick median basal keel extending to near the middle; lateral lobes oblong, acute, front margin elegantly lobulate and denticulate; midlobe triangular, margins undulate, denticulate, apex acute. Column very short, stelidia large, lobulate, filament very short.
(after Kraenzlin, 1910).

Colours: Sepals and petals white, lip yellow in the centre, brownish violet along the margins.

Habitat: Not known, presumably epiphyte in hill forest. Altitude 650-800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay Province).

Map: CORREMAP.JPG [Dendrobium correllianum A.D.Hawkes & A.H.Heller, distribution map.]

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.