Dendrobium bilobum

Dendrobium bilobum Lindl., London J. Bot. 2 (1843) 236.

Type: Hinds s.n. (New Guinea).

Rhizome short. Stems crowded. Leaves 4 by 0.25 cm, apex obtusely bilobulate, with the lobules equal. Inflorescences 1-flowered. Flower 5-6 mm long. Dorsal sepal obtuse. Mentum longer than the free part of the lateral sepals. Petals about half as long as the dorsal sepal, apex obtuse, apiculate. Lip elongated, spathulate-obovate, weekly 3-lobed and thickened at the apex, carnose, slightly verrucose. Column short, thick.
(after Kraenzlin, 1910).

Colours: Not known.

Habitat: Not known.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: New Guinea, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, Fiji.

Distribution in New Guinea: Not known.

Notes: There can be no doubt that some of the later described species of section Biloba will prove to be synonyms of Dendrobium bilobum, the only authentic descriptions of which are almost useless. According to Lew & Cribb (1991) this is a widespread species from New Guinea to Fiji, and they give a much better description as well as an illustration, but we are not fully convinced that this indeed represents D. bilobum.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.