Dendrobium lawianum Lindl., J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 3: 10 1859.;
n-DROH-bee-um — from the Greek, dendron (tree) and bios (life); tree of life
law-ee-AY-num — perhaps named in honour of J. S. Law, ICS and botanist
commonly known as: Law’s dendrobium • Marathi: लॉई दांडेअमरी lawi dandeamri
Endemic to: s Western Ghats (of India)



Orchidaceae fortnight :: Dendrobium crepidatum :: Anmod :: DV10 : 4 images. 8 posts by 4 authors.

Dendrobium crepidatum Lindl. & Paxton
den-DROH-bee-um — from the Greek, dendron (tree) and bios (life); tree of life … Dave’s Botanary
law-ee-AY-num — perhaps named in honour of J. S. Law, ICS and botanist
krep-id-AY-tum — slippered … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known as: Law’s dendrobium • Marathi: लॉई दांडे अमरी lawi dande amri
Endemic to: s Western Ghats (of India)
ReferencesFlowers of India • Orchids of Kerala • Further Flowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant Ingalhalikar

at Anmod on 23 APR 11

OK lets agree to disagree 🙂

If a plant is able to set fruits with viable seeds and the new plants that emerge from seeds are identical to the parents, then it should be considered as a distinct species.

I can see fruits, but I dont know if the seeds are viable and if viable, do they give rise to similar plants? if yes then this is Dendrobium lawianum and not Dendrobium crepidatum.

OK thanks …

I would go with Dendrobium lawianum; since I am aware the posted plant is growing wild (meaning – not planted / cultivated) I am certain the seeds are viable, and like-plants would be the result.

I changed the names at this last minute during posting looking at the full confidence of The Plants List.
I will retain my sighting as D. lawianum.

Nice to see Orchids on Kathal Tree also.

Kathal is infact a very good host for epiphytic orchids.

I could not follow you & …
Are these two separate plants ? 

Even e-moncot gives them to be same.

Yes they are two separate entities. I dont follow the Kew checklist for this particular species.


Seen this epiphytic orchid at Anmode, Karnataka
Bot. name: Dendrobium lawianum
Family: Orchidaceae
Thanks to Shrikant ji for ID..

Looks at the fruiting success…. why this species should not be distinct.
100% Dendrobium lawianum.


Dendrobium lawinium (Orchidaceae) :  5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Dendrobium lawinium (Orchidaceae)
Habitat – Open deciduous forest
Kolhapur, Maharahstra 2016 April

Thanks to …

Thanks, … Beautiful complete set.

Fine pictures … Is it not very similar to Dendrobium crepidatum…? or are both one and the same….?

Sir, firstly i have not seen the D.crepidatum so i cannot tell you confirm. but according to Flora of china and book of santapau and kapadia Orchids of Bombay they both are different

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…, thanks for all the details

/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/_DSC8608Dendrobium%20Lawianum.jpgFlora of Kaiga_Sharing_Dendrobium Lawianum 09052016 PK1 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Beauty of Dendrobium lawianum. Endemic Orchid of western Ghats. April 30 2016, Epiphytic Herb.
Pl see spider weave its web in attached two pics.
Flora of Kaiga sharing-Dendrobium lawianum  09052016 PK1
Pl see Attached Four pic of Dendrobium Lawianum blooming can be seen in natural forest road side in kaiga.
Date/Time-:30/04/2016   –    10:30,
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga, Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ – Wild
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Orchidaceae

That’s very nice pic. Naturally formed fruits always makes me happy. Thanks a lot for sharing sir.

 Images by tspkumar



Presenting few images of Dendrobium lawianum (Orchidaceae) 

The following sites consider D.lawianum as a synonym of D.crepidatum


Ref-2: Flowers of India                            


The Digital Flora of Karnataka considers D.lawianum  to be distinct from D.crepidatum and describes them separately.

Ref-3: Flora of Karnataka 1

Ref-4: Flora of Karnataka 2

As per the description of D.lawianum, the flowers are white, with a tinge of pink, lip oblong, white and glabrous with two red spots at the base of the column. The uploaded images answer the description. 


Habitat:Epiphytic,Semi-evergreen forest fringe. 

Sighting:Near Sakaleshpur,Karnataka,about 1100 msl 


Very nice. Yes I also consider them as separate species and this is lawianum. Thanks a lot for sharing. This is not the flowering time!!


502-TSP-07APR2021-1-Dendrobium lawianum @ Hethoor: 1 high resolution image.
Presenting an image of Dendrobium lawianum, Orchidaceae.
Habitat:Wild,epiphytic,semi-evergreen forest fringe
Sighting:Hethoor,near Sakaleshpur,Karnataka about 1100 msl

Very interesting plant. People say it is deformed variety of D. crepidatum.


503-TSP-07APR2021-2-Dendrobium lawianum near Chikmagalur: 1 high resolution image.
Presenting another image of Dendrobium lawianum  with fruits. This specimen was photographed by one Sri B.Manjunath a friend of mine and an orchid lover, sent to me for identification.
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild, epiphytic, semi-evergreen forest
Sighting:Near Chikmagalur,Karnataka,about 1200 msl

very pretty and very abnormal



References: efi thread  The Plant List (syn. of Dendrobium crepidatum Lindl. & Paxton)  Dinesh Valke’s Flickr Post  Wild Orchids of Sharavathi River Basin and Parts of Uttara Kannada  Enchanting Kerala 

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