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Dendrobium linguiforme

Dendrobium linguiforme SW.Sw., Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 21: 247 (1800).

Synonyms: Dockrillia linguiforme (Sw.) Brieger, Schlechter Orchideen 1(11-12): 745 (1981).
Callista linguiformis (Sw.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 655 (1891).

Subtribe: Dendrobiinae

Distribution: E. Australia, New Caledonia

Contributors: Ian Walters (Original line drawing)

Dendrobium linguiforme gets its name from the wrinkled tongue like leaf. It bears an erect spike which is plume like. The flowers are sparkling white and fragrant.

Dendrobium linguiforme is best grown on a treefern slab, with maximum sunlight and must have good drainage. The plant creeps, so a long slab will accommodate a specimen.

A native of eastern Queensland, the northern variety nugenteae is somewhat larger.

Dendrobium linguiforme

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Den. linguiforme


I'm not suggesting that you throw your shy flowering D. linguiforme in to the incinerator immediately, just move it closer to the incinerator that way in may get the idea of what you eventually intend to do and besides it may also get more light and dryer conditions which may induce it to flower!

Further, if you are loosing leaves at the rear of the plant while you gain one at the growing front, i suggest that this may be due to some infection and you may with advantage prune the infected parts right up to healthy part of the plant.

Doc/Den linguiforme Arrival

Today I received the dry rooted Doc that West so kindly offered me.

It was in great condition and I can't wait to mount it and see it flowering.

Who's a happy chappy. :o)))

Just wanted to publicly thank West for his generosity.



Dendrobium linguiforme

The correct spelling for this according to the Monocot list is Dendrobium linguiforme.




Thanks Michael.

Regards wellsy

Regards wellsy

Wrong !

This orchid is now officially classified as a Dockrillia linguiforme, as of about 2 years ago (now that we are in 2008).

Although here in Australia the term Dendrobium is still commonly used.


we follow RHS on valid names

not according to the RHS Anton

Dockrillia linguiforme (Sw.) Brieger, Schlechter Orchideen 1(11-12): 745 (1981).
This name is a synonym.


Accepted Name: Dendrobium linguiforme Sw., Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 21: 247 (1800).


Family: Orchidaceae

Homotypic Synonyms:
* Dendrobium linguiforme Sw., Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 21: 247 (1800).

Callista linguiformis (Sw.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 655 (1891).

* Basionym/Replaced Synonym

Regards wellsy

Regards wellsy

D. linguiforme by any other name ........

Here a couple of sources which back up my argument. (not said in a spiteful way).

There are many other sources backing this up too. Hmmmm?
Makes for an interesting debate. :o|

I only go by what the judges at my orchid club tell me, and they corrected the naming of mine soon after I joined.


line in the sand somewhere

There has to be a line in the sand somewhere for us to all follow.

The RHS provide the most up to date and reliable line in our opinion so we follow that and where applicable we cite the synonyms.

It is exceptional the quality of the debate on this site since it has been reborn! So keep it up ALL and don't be afraid to voice your opinions. We value all opinions and they are never taken the wrong way (hopefully) by anyone here.

Regards wellsy

Regards wellsy

Dockrillia or Dendrobium

There is alot to be said on both sides of the fence regarding the names of our wonderful Australian species,on one side of the planet you have the RHS registering our hybrids under Dendrobium,and reducing Dockrillia to a synonymous status, and on this side we have ANOS publishing them as Dockrilia's (A CHECKLIST OF AUSTRALIAN NATIVE ORCHID HYBRIDS 8th Edition Oct 2005) and then you have Judges that debate the existence of both.DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHETHER THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG CAME FIRST? One thing that does matter, and that is no judge will ever get me to change my tags, for they are not botanists,if a judge (or anybody for that matter)has a self opinionated view I just agree with them turn my back walk away and smile, as it seems that its a subject, for the present at least,that the chicken might be able to answer!
PS when I see a flower after 12 months of eager anticipation the last thing on my mind IS THIS DEBATE, I JUST ENJOY!


It just doesn't die!!!!

Zink, I love your PS, your dead right but it looks like you are still having trouble coming to grips with the Monocot List.

There are two different bodies on the other side of the planet playing with our Dendrobiums. RHS Hybrid Orchid Registration, they do a great job and can only work within the guidlines of the Monocot List.

The second body is, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Under this body we get the World Checklist of Monocotyledons (Monocot List) administered by a Board of Trustees, this board is made up of eminent Botanist from across the globe including Australia, not just from that side of the planet.

The Trustees review the findings of other Botanists published in recognized Botanical Journals.Just like umpires and players.

Above, you have cited ANOS, A Checklist of Australian Native Orchid Hybrids 8th Edition, Oct 2005.Well that is not a Botanical Journal and carries as much weight as publishing in the Women's Weekly!!!

Above, you think RHS has reduced Dockrillia to synonym status, they haven't done this at all, nothing to do with them.

The fact is, Dockrillia was no where, it was raised to synonym status by the Board of Trustees in about 1981 after reviewing the work of Brieger.

The Monocot List is a joint effort between Europe, North America and Australia.Doesn't matter what you are told or read else where, if it doesn't match this List, it is useless informtion.

About the chicken and egg, sorry Zink, haven't got a clue about that one.


re Your PS

My brother inherited mine when dad died 25 years ago.
Dad had it for about 5 years and never saw it flower, it flowered the day of his funeral, so mum put the spray on his coffin.

My brother has seen it flower 3 times in the 25 years he had it. My brother gave it to me 12 months ago.

I have never seen it flower and it has hardly grown. It produces new leaves, old ones die off, but it doesn't multiply any more
than the 9 leaves it has always had. :o|

Den. linguiforme not flowering

Greetings Anton,

It always makes me feel uncomfortable when I hear of an orchid that will not flower freely because it reminds me of some of my shy flowers. For most species that I have grown, there are some clones that flower more freely than others. In my way of thinking, orchids are the great deceivers of the plant world. They con mostly insects and sometimes us in to providing pollination services and I think they con us in to growing them. The way they con us in to growing them is by giving us a great floral disply. If we continue to grow orchids that only flower occasionally, just when it suits them, all we are doing is encourage such delinquent orchids. If an orchid has only flowered 3 times in 25 years, I suggest locate it closer and closer to the back yard incinerator and eventually in to the incinerator.

To help you to muster such brutal courage, I offer you a small bare root cutting of a more freely flowering D. linguiforme clone. Just let me know (by email) your postal address in Adelaide and I'll send it to you at no charge.


Thanks for the offer

West, thanks for the offer I'll take it up and be in touch to arrange details.

I appreciate your offering to help with a plant that actually flowers, I really look forward to seeing what these little suckers really look like. :o)

thanks again


Dock linguiforma

Hi Anton'
There are approx 40 clones of this species in my collection, from the white forms, pink, and yellow,several of them are shy flowering, and one in particular that measures 900mm x 600mm never flowered for me in 4 years!The day came when it got thrown out of the greenhouse and hung in a deciduous tree out the back yard where it never gets any water and suffers from dehydration during the dryer months.Surprise! it has now flowered every year since.That was 6-7 years ago.And to top it off it gained the grower a champion in its class!Im assuming that this was a lithophytic form and likes to grow tough, I have seen these forms growing where even Cacti would barely exist! Maybe yours is such a form.Keep it away from the incinerater as I dont think they like it quite that tough!No orchid deserves that,better to send it away to a more amenable climate or a tree in the backyard.
Cheers Michael.


Doc on Tree

Been there, done that for 5 years Michael,................ NO GO ! :o/

I have remounted it, and there is only healthy growth on the mount.
There are small green roots growing nicely, and for every leaf / tongue it produces, one drops off ?????

Too much sentimentality with this plant, dad has been gone for 25 years now and it flowered for the first time on the day of his funeral, poor bugger never got to see it, and he had had it over 5 years. My brother inherited it originally, and he has only seen it flower 3 times.

So, I have given up, and hope the bloody thing doesn't flower the day I die. :o))))) I just keep it comfortable in it's old age.

Might be an omen. :o)


Thanks Zink

Edit done to correct spelling, thankyou.