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Dendrobium cucullatum

Dendrobium cucullatum R.Br., Bot. Reg. 7: t. 548 (1821).

Synonyms:
Homotypic Synonyms:
Dendrobium pierardii var. cucullatum (R.Br.) Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5(2): 738 (1890), nom. illeg.
Dendrobium aphyllum var. cucullatum (R.Br.) P.K.Sarkar, J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 5: 1007 (1984).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Dendrobium pierardii Roxb. ex Hook., Exot. Fl. 1: t. 9 (1822).
Dendrobium aphyllum var. katakianum I.Barua, Orchid Fl. Kamrup Distr. Assam: 170 (2001).

Distribution: Nepal to S. China and Pen. Malaysia

An easy to grow and quite rewarding species which is widespread.

Give them a drier winter rest with no fertiliser until after new growth commences in the spring. Flowers on the old canes which are usually completely bare of leaves at that time.
UPDATE: 01/2011. Thanks to Gary Yong Gee for his input.

Dendrobium cucullatum

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Dendrobium cucullatum R.Br.

Hi Steve,

A great flowering of Dendrobium cucullatum, which is now the currently accepted name for what many have known as Den. pierardii Roxb. ex Hook. The RBG, Kew, World Checklist has finally caught up, but I’m not sure when that occurred.

Unfortunately the name Den. aphyllum (Roxb.) C.E.C.Fisch. has been misapplied to this species.

Eric Christenson and Howard Wood (2003) corrected the misapplication of the name Den. aphyllum and concluded that the correct name for the pink-flowered species is Den. cucullatum. Cecil Fischer had misinterpreted Limodorum aphyllum Roxb., which is in fact an earlier name for Den. macrostachyum Lindl., Den. tetrodon Rchb.f. ex Lindl. and Den. stuartii F.M.Bailey.

References:
Eric Christenson & Howard Wood, “The Mystery of Limodorum aphyllum.”, Orchids, 2003.
Howard Wood, The Dendrobiums, 2006.

Cheers.

Gary