The following is a list of the dendrobium species. The information is provisional,
as much of the data has not yet been confirmed. The information is presented as a service to growers, but there
may well be some errors in the data. Dendrobium is one of the largest of all orchid genera, and is not well understood.
Much of the information - especially the sectional classification - is based on old taxonomic analysis, but it
should still be of use.
Plants from the same section are likely to require the same or similar cultural
conditions, and these listings will assist in ascertaining the appropriate culture requirements. It is intended
to list the main cultural conditions appropriate to each section in the future.
Some of the Sections have been elevated to the status of their own genus, and
where this has occurred this is noted in the lists.
Some changes may not have universal acceptance, and further changes can be anticipated
over the next few years.
Some sections have been used by only one author. Their information is included
as the grouping information can be of interest. Until a comprehensive review of the genus is completed and a full
review of all sections is available I have retained the classifications of earlier authors at this stage. That
included in the new Dendrobium book (ref. 27) should, however, be taken as indicative of a 'modern' view pending
The information includes
- Species The species or name included in the reference publication. Not all species are
shown, there is not universal agreement on the species, and there is a need for a definitive study of this genus.
Where a species has multiple listings, the reference source should be noted.
- Synonyms The synonym where given. Where nothing is listed, the noted author believes
the plant is a valid species.
- Section reference The Section reference - see SECTIONS PAGE
- Section The Dendrobium section to which the species belongs. There is not agreement in
all cases of the appropriate section each plant belongs to, and multiple listings indicates the different conclusions
of each author as noted in the last column. For list of sections refer to SECTIONS
- Reference The reference source - SEE REFERENCE PAGE.