Dendrobium ingratum

Dendrobium ingratum J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 3 (1912) 72; Nova Guinea 12, 1 (1913) 53, t. 15, fig. 42.

Type: Gjellerup 579 (holo BO; iso L).

Rhizome to 1 m long, climbing, rooting; roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Stems erect, unbranched, laterally compressed, 40 cm long, many-leaved. Leaf sheaths entirely covering the stem. Leaves erect, linear, 3.5-5 by 0.6-0.9 cm, apex unequally and obtusely bilobulate, coriaceous. Inflorescences arising laterally from the stem, subsessile, 2-flowered; spathe very small, broadly obtuse. Ovary 0.5 cm long, subsessile, glabrous. Flowers c. 1 cm across. Dorsal sepal elliptic, 0.7 cm long, apex apiculate. Lateral sepals strongly obliquely elliptic, gradually widened to the base, 0.7 cm long, apex apiculate; mentum 0.5 cm long, obtuse. Petals obliquely subfalcate-ligulate, c. 0.7 cm long, apex subacute. Lip 3-lobed near the apex, broadly cuneate in outline, 0.5 by 0.7 cm, with a lanceolate acute thickened median band extending to the apex, on either side with diverging slightly thickened veins, the centre of the lip in apical part with scattered minute warts; lateral lobes obliquely ovate-triangular, subapiculate; midlobe less than half as long, obtusely bilobulate, minutely apiculate. Column short, clinandrium 3-lobulate, the lateral lobules sparsely dentate, the median tooth-like; column-foot incurved, 0.5 cm long. Anther rhombic-cucullate, glabrous.
(after Schlechter, 1912 - as Dendrobium kenejianum).

Colours: Flower golden to greenish yellow, the median band of the lip yellow-brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest and beach forest. Altitude 0 to 150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January-March, July, October, December.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Jayapura Regency); Papua New Guinea (Madang, Morobe, and Central Provinces).

Map: INGRAMAP.JPG [Dendrobium ingratum J.J.Sm., distribution map.]

Notes: In habit this characteristic species resembles a member of section Biloba, but it clearly belongs to Grastidium. According to J.J. Smith the flowers smell unpleasantly of fermenting horse urine.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte, prefers light position.