Dendrobium minimiflorum

Dendrobium minimiflorum Gilli, Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 84, B (1980 publ. 1983) 29, fig. 17.

Type: Gilli 567 (holo W).

Rhizome long, creeping, roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Stems branching, slender, terete, to 100 cm long, many-leaved. Leaf sheaths glabrous. Leaves erect-patent, linear-lanceolate, 1.5-3 by 0.3-0.4 cm, coriaceous, apex obtuse. Inflorescences 1-flowered, with a cucullate basal sheath. Pedicel and ovary 0.5 cm long, strongly curved. Flower 0.5 cm long. Sepals lanceolate, 0.4 cm long, apex obtuse. Petals obliquely falcate, narrowly oblanceolate-spathulate, hardly shorter than the sepals, glabrous, apex obtuse. Lip 0.25 by 0.3 cm. Column 0.25 cm long.
(after Gilli).

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 2650 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea (Enga Province).

Notes: The published description and illustration of this species are exceptionally poor and probably misleading.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.