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Dendrobium crepidatum

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partial shade
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
warm temperature tolerant
Slightly fragrant, blooms in spring

The favorite Chinese orchid of Holger Perner, who loves the waxy candy-pink flowers and appreciates the anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of the stems that can be chewed raw in case of a sore throat, at least if you don’t mind the bitter taste. Apart from being a home remedy this is a lovely orchid that can be grown mounted, in baskets or in well-drained pots. Flowers in spring. 



The International Orchid Register

Dendrobium crepidatum

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SOURCE: The International Orchid Register


The International Orchid Species Encyclopedia

Dendrobium crepidatum Lindl. & Paxton 1850


Common Name The Shoe-Lip Dendrobium [refers to the cavity at the base of the column foot] - In Chinese "Mei Gui Shi Hu" - In Thai "Ueang Sai Nam Khieo"

Flower Size 1 to 1.8" [2.5 to 4.6 cm]

Found from Hainan China, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Sikkim, western Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam at elevations of 600 to 2100 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte occuring on tree trunks as a suberect to pendant growing orchid that is best mounted on tree fern or cork. This species has tufted, suberect to pendulous, terete, striated, to 18" [to 45 cm] long, many noded stems each covered with a papery sheath, and carrying 5 to 9, oblong to narrowly lanceolate, acute leavesblooms in the spring on a short, purple inflorescence with the 1 to 4 shiny, waxy, delicately fragrant, longlasting flowers arising from near the apex of year old leafless stems. Drying out of the plant during the winter is nessasary with occasional waterings and no fertilizer until the initiation of new growth in the spring.


  • Callista crepidata (Lindl. & Paxton) Kuntze 1891
  • Callista lawiana (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891
  • Dendrobium actinomorphum Blatt. & Halb. 1921
  • Dendrobium lawanum Lindley 1859
  • Dendrochilum roseum Dalzell 1852



  • W3 Tropicos
  • Kew Monocot list
  • IPNI
  • Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995
  • The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok
  • The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906
  • Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910
  • Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915
  • Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Euddendrobium crepidatum drawing fide
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958 drawing
  • The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 10 1964 drawing
  • Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965
  • The Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 as D lawianum drawing ok
  • Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978
  • Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 photo fide photo fide
  • Indian Orchids: A guide to Identification and Culture Vol II Pradhan 1979 as D lawiana
  • Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991
  • Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombay 1992 photo fide
  • The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide
  • Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995
  • Orchid Species Culture
  • Dendrobium Bakers 1996
  • Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 photo fide
  • Dendrobium and their Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide
  • A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide
  • Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo
  • A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide
  • 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradham 2005 photo fide
  • The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide
  • Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007
  • Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007 photo fide
  • Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok
  • Mille Et Une miniOrchidees Roguenant 2009 photo fide
  • A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide
  • Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009
  • Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide
  • The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok
  • Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 Photo fide
  • Wild Orchids of Myanmar Hyan Tun [Mr Myanmar] 2014 as D crepidatum var alba Photo fide

Dendrobium crepidatum Griff. 1851 var album  Photo courtesy of Beau

An albino version of the previous species.

Dendrobium crepidatum Griff. 1851 var assamicum  Photos by © Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website 

An territorial variation of D crepidatum Wild Orchids in Myanmar Tanaka 2007 photo fide;

SOURCE: The International Orchid Species Encyclopedia


From Orchids WIki


Plant blooms in the spring with one to four flowers. Flowers are 2.5 to 4.6 cm wide and fragrant.



Plant is found growing on tree stumps in Hainan China, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern and western Himalayas, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Myanamar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam at elevations of 600 to 2100



Plant grows in cool to warm temperatures with medium amounts of light. Keep plant moist and fertilize during growth season. During winter reduce watering until new shoots appear. Grow in a well drain mix of sphagnum moss or medium fir bark.



Common Names: The Shoe-Lip Dendrobium



  1. Callista crepidata (Lindl. & Paxton) Kuntze 1891
  2. Callista lawiana (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891
  3. Dendrobium actinomorphum Blatt. & Halb. 1921
  4. Dendrobium lawanum Lindley 1859
  5. Dendrochilum roseum Dalzell 1852

SOURCE: Orchids Wiki


Dendrobium crepidatum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Shoe-lipped Dendrobium (Dendrobium crepidatum) is a species of orchid. It is native to southern China (Guizhou, Yunnan), the eastern Himalayas (India, Assam, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Nepal, Bangladesh), and northern Indochina (Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam).[2][3][4][5][6][7] 



  1. Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892) del. et lith. Description by William Jackson Hooker (1785—1865) - Curtis's botanical magazine vol. 83 ser. 3 nr. 13 tab. 5011
  2. Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. Flora of China v 25 p 380, 玫瑰石斛 mei gui shi hu, Dendrobium crepidatum Lindley & Paxton, Paxt. Fl. Gard. 1: 63. 1850
  4. Misra, S. (2004). Orchids of Orissa: 1-774. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun.
  5. Lucksom, S.Z. (2007). The orchids of Sikkim and North East Himalaya: 1-984. S.Z.Lucksom, India.
  6. Raskoti, B.B. (2009). The Orchids of Nepal: 1-252. Bhakta Bahadur Raskoti and Rita Ale.
  7. Sittisujjatham, S. (2009). Wild Orchid of Thailand 2: 1-463. Amarin.

SOURCE: Wikipedia





Dendrobium aggregatum


Dendrobium aggregatum  is just one species of many in the genus Dendrobium: there are more than 1,000 species. Thus, the care and cultural requirements of Dendrobiums varies widely. This month's article will focus on the interesting species Dendrobium aggregatumwhich is also known as Dendrobium lindleyi.

Dendrobium aggregatum is one of the Callista species and is native to Burma, northern India and southern China. Other species in the Callista family include: Den. chrysotoxum, Den. densiflorum, Den. farmeri. These are classified as dwarf dendrobiums. They do not grow into tall canes but have short spindle-shaped pseudobulbs bearing thick, leathery leaves. These orchids like to be mounted on bark or cork. Dendrobium aggregatums are 'evergreen', which means they do not drop their leaves as some of the tall cane dendrobium orchids.

Care Tips: Dendrobium aggregatum definitely require a change in the cultural requirements at various times of the year and become dormant in the fall through winter months. They should be suspended and mounted on bark or cork for optimal growth. Grow them with your cattleyas (intermediate to warm conditions) but they require somewhat cooler temperatures during the winter months. In the winter move them to a cooler location and provide them with cooler night temperatures and dry conditions. Good air circulation is necessary.

Light: Dendrobium aggregatum takes high light, so keep them with cattleyas.

Watering: Watering is a crucial element for this orchid. (and may be the most difficult regimen to follow!) During spring and summer, water well when growth is developing. Be generous with your watering and fertilizing. As Autumn approaches, it is important to cut back on your watering and fertilizing schedule. Dendrobium aggregatums require dry conditions in the winter. During the fall and winter, water your plant only enough to keep the pseudobulbs from shriveling and dying. Be aware that the pseudobulbs will become wrinkly during this dormant period. You will need to learn the distinction between what is considered wrinkly and when the orchid will need some water to keep it from dying. Don't fertilize at this time. This severe drying and rest period is difficult to do especially if you are heavy handed with the water or if you are more accustomed to watering. But stick with it!

As Spring arrives and flower buds begin to emerge, increase your watering schedule. Water well while flowering and with the signs of new growth. As late Spring and Summer progress, increase watering and water thoroughly. If the tips of the leaves begin to brown, reassess how much fertilizer you are providing. Perhaps the concentration is too high and the leaves are experiencing some fertilizer burn. Or try changing your watering schedule. Determine how your orchids respond to any regimen you have established and be flexible to change if needed.

Flowers: Flowers usually appear Spring to Summer and is dependent upon adequate light. The Dendrobium aggregatum orchids form hanging clusters (like grapes) of yellow-orange flowers. The flowers are truly delightful. Flowers are approximately 1 inch in diameter, are flat with round lips. Flowers are delicate and cascade gracefully. Flowers last approximately 1-2 weeks.

Miscellaneous: Watch for spider mites. They love to live among the pseudobulbs. Spider mites are difficult to rid and will suck the life and energy out of the plant. If your plant takes a downward turn, begins to yellow, check carefully for any infestation.

Dendrobium aggregatum does necessitate a considerable change in their care in order to produce flowers. They need a solid rest period. Dendrobium aggregatum is a difficult orchid for a novice grower. It is truly difficult not to water! It took me two years to finally get it right! If it is not flowering for you, try something a little different: cooler temperatures, more light, less water. It does take time to master this species. Simply put, remember these tips: Spring to Fall give adequate amounts of water, fertilizer and light. Fall to winter give cooler temperatures (especially at night), water SPARINGLY to prevent them from drying out, keep on dry side.

Overwatering this orchid will only induce growth and will prevent it from flowering. This dormancy period is crucial. Sometimes the best advice one can give is just forget about your plant during these months of dormancy. You may think the plant has died and may be tempted to discard it. Be patient and diligent with their extreme care requirements and you will be rewarded with gorgeous inflorescences.

Good luck!

SOURCE: Vivi Orchids



Naresh Swami

Dendrobium crepidatum Lindl.

Epiphyte. Stems long as 7 to 20 cm long and thickened around 1 cm at the base and 1 to 2 cm at its apex, green marked with parallel white lines, gradually going thickened upwards from the base, nodes slightly swollen, pendulous. Leaves 4 to 6 cm long, linear-lanceolate, deciduous during flowering. Flowers in short peduncles from the nodes of leafless stems, 2 cm across, often solitary but also seen with two or three together, fleshy, sepals and petals white with pale pink margins, sepals three and petals one veined; lip white with a large pale yellow spot of its middle portion. Sepals and petals broadly oblong. Lip obovate, broad, with undulate edges.


The Pursuit

The species got much attention of Sir George King and Robert Pantling during their monumental work. They found much variations in the property of the species from specimens collected from Sikkim and as well as from Assam and Khasia Hills. They described the Sikkim specimens as “unattractive” and those from the Assam and Khasia Hills as “rather handsome flowers”. I had earlier studied the same species from Assam and Khasia Hills in the year 2009 and 2010 respectively. I was so enthusiastic to find the difference of it from the specimens of the Sikkim-Himalayas and was there in the region in the early summer of 2012. In the earlier visits itself I had found this plant from various tropical valleys. Its thickened, fleshy, leafless, white veined, green, pendulous and leafless stems, 3 or 4 together can be spotted very easily from its habitats. However, the species bloomed much earlier than expected and I missed a “well planned” opportunity. Lost the hope in getting it in flowers that year and marked as “pending observation”. But in the middle of April, I was at an altitude of around 3000 ft on the other side of the district for some other species and I found the same one in bloom, a few of them in flower and in buds. Those opened flowers were somewhat withered and with spots and dirts. So I decided to wait a couple of days for the buds to bloom and got this perfect photograph with its yellow spot and fleshy property of the sepals and petals well recorded. On comparison with the evidences of the species from Assam and Khasia Hills, it has been found that the Sikkim-Himalayan specimens are comparatively smaller in size but equally attractive.

SOURCE: Naresh Swami




The Species: This species is from Southeast Asia, India and China and is found at elevations from 2000 to 7000 feet. It is an epiphyte and has an arching to pendant growth habit. Summer monsoon rains are heavy as is the humidity with less rain in the winter. The flowers are produced on leafless canes which will produce flowers for many years. The flowers are long lasting and sweetly scented.

Culture: I have grown this species potted (and staked up the growths), but because of the somewhat pendant habit it is also grown mounted. Potted, use a relatively small pot and a fast draining mix. The summers are warm, shady with a lot of water and regular fertilizer. Winters are brighter, a bit cooler, and drier. Water to prevent severe shriveling. To prolong the life of the flowers, do not water plants during budding or blooming. After flowering and as new growth begins, increase water and fertilizer. I have grown this species in the intermediate to cool range, but I believe it will also do well warmer.


From Andy's Orchids

Genus: Dendrobium Species: crepidatum Origin: India pendant canes ranging from 12" to 18" thickening at the top third, 3" lanceolate leaves, 1 to 4 flowers emerge from each leaf node on one year old leafless canes, shiny waxy 1" blooms have pinkish sepals and petals, cream-colored lip has an orange spot, easy grower and mildly fragrant

Growing Tip:    Moist when growing, dry and cool when in flower.



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