Dendrobium devosianum

Dendrobium devosianum J.J.Sm., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 36 (1934) 113.

Type: Vos, de cult. s.n. (New Guinea ?); Demmeni, cult. (New Guinea ?) (syntypes BO, isosyn L).

An epiphytic herb. Stems cane-like, about 30 cm long, slightly fusiformly thickened. Leaves spreading, recurved, oblong, oblong-ovate or lanceolate, narrowly obliquely obtuse at apex, 7.5-12.5 by c. 3.3 cm. Inflorescences erect or ascending, laxly about 14-flowered, 31-34 cm long, peduncle c. 6-9 cm long; bracts slightly tubular, ovate-triangular, acute, 5 mm long. Flowers fleshy, c. 4 75 cm tall; pedicel and ovary 2 8 cm long, emerging somewhat above the axil of the bract. Dorsal sepal linear-lanceolate acute, c. 2.2 by 0.5-0.55 cm, slightly undulate, recurved towards apex, lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate-triangular, acute, apiculate, c. 2.2 by 1.1 cm, slightly undulate; mentum incurved-conical, 9 mm long. Petals linear-spathulate, acute, 3 4 by 0.2-0.35 cm, about twice-twisted. Lip 3-lobed, 2-2.5 by 1.2-1.65 cm, side lobes erect, oblong, rounded in front, margins erose; midlobe porrect, rhombic-ovate, shortly acuminate; callus of 5 ridges scarcely raised at apex on base of midlobe. Column 6-5 mm long.
(after Cribb, 1986).

Colours: Sepals whitish, striped with dark purple above; petals purple with a green margin; lip side-lobes green, midlobe yellow, all striped with purple; callus purple.

Habitat: Not known.

Distribution: ?New Guinea.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua?.

Notes: Dendrobium devosianum is a relatively small-flowered species which differs from Dendrobium antennatum in its flower colour, somewhat spreading petals and lip shape.

J.J.Sm. based his description on two cultivated specimens which possibly originated in Dutch New Guinea (now Papua). Nothing more is known of their provenance nor of the habitat from which they were gathered. The possibility that Dendrobium devosianum is of hybrid origin cannot therefore be ruled out.
(after Cribb, 1986).

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.