Dendrobium longicornu Lindl., Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 16: t. 1315 1830. (syn: Callista longicornis (Lindl.) Kuntze; Dendrobium bulleyi Rolfe; Dendrobium flexuosum Griff.; Dendrobium hirsutum Griff.; Dendrobium longicornu var. hirsutum (Griff.) Hook. f.; Froscula hispida Raf.);
Common name: Long-Horned Dendrobium • Nepali: बावार Bawar
Himalaya to China (Yunnan, S. Guangxi) as per WCSP ;

Plant epiphytic, erect, 10-40cm tall; roots fasciculate. Stems erect, zigzag to weakly zigzag, sheathed, 2-4mm thick; internodes yellow, 2.5-4cm long; sheaths tubular, funnel shaped, black-hairy, 2.5-4cm long. Leaves distichous, ovate-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, subacute, emarginate, puberulose, sessile, 2.5-8 * 1-2.2cm. Infloroscence a x illary, arising from near ape x of stem, usually 1-flowered; peduncle attenuate, sheathed; sheaths short, overlapping, scarious, 2-3 * 1.5-2mm; floral bract lanceolate, subacute, black-hairy, 8 * 3mm. Flower fragrant, 3-4.5cm across; sepals and petals white, lip white to pale brownish-white, veined with yellow or red-orange, flushed with yellow; pedicel and ovary slender, 2.2-3.5cm. Sepals subsimilar, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, keeled; dorsal sepals 5-veined, 1.7-2 * 0.5-0.7cm; lateral sepals adnate to form a long, spur-like mentum, 5- to 7-veined, 2.5-3 * 0.6-0.7cm (towards base); mentum slender, attenuate, 1.5-2cm long. Petals ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, keeled, 3-veined, 1.5-2.2 * 0.4-0.7cm. Lip 3-lobed, broadly triangular (when spread), 2.2-3 * 2.4-2.9cm; lateral lobes rounded, margins entire to weakly undulate, 2.2-2.5 * 1-1.1cm; mid-lobe small, suborbicular, fimbriate-lacerate, 6-9mm wide; disc with a broad central ridge from base to mid-lobe where it divides into 3 or 4 branches. Column with 2 stelidia at ape x , 5-8mm long; foot 1-1.2cm long.
(Attributions- N. R. Pearce & P. J. Cribb. Orichds of Bhutan. Published by RGoB and RBGE. 2002 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)

K 2852 25 November 2020 – Orchidaceae : 1 very high res. image.
My friend has sent one image to verify if this is D. longicornu or watti, shot at 2500m. in November 2015 in East Nepal.

I am unable to see what I wish to see. You need to show me a spread-up labellum

Ok …, He has only this image.

multiple pics from multiple angles are always helpful.

I know … But he had only this image !

I am unable to see if the front lobe of labellum has distinct constriction on either side. But somehow after looking again, I feel this is Dendrobium longicornu.
Need more pics to confirm.


pleiten spec : 1 image.

If someone owns the name of this orchid I would be happy.
I thought of Pleione.
Flowering; october
Altitude: 2300m
Growing at a tree along a humid small stream broder.

Dendrobium longicornu !

I am again a bit confused here. I should call this Dendrobium longicornu but the flower on my right hand side shows a constriction, I imagine if it is just a damage or true constriction because I cant see the same on other flowers.


SK 3640 22 September 2022: 11 very high res. images.

Location: Godam, Chandragiri, Lalitpur
Date: 16 September 2022
Altitude: 1800m.
Habitat : Wild
Image quality not good !
Dendrobium longicornu Lindl. ??

Yes this should be Dendrobium longicornu. This is a very variable species.

Dendrobium longicornu Lindl.: 6 very high res. image.
Location: Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Altitude: 2019m.
Date: 04 November 2023
Habit : Wild

Yes beautiful Dendrobium longicornu.

In search of wattii !

Wattii is very different and can be easily distinguished.





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