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Dendrobium hancockii

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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

This species from Central to South China is rather variable and might, as H.P. Wood suggest in Flora of China, Vol. 25, consist of actually two taxa. However, the two forms might also just be variations of a single species, because flower and leaf characteristics are very similar.



The International Orchid Register

Dendrobium hancockii

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The International Orchid Species Encyclopedia

Dendrobium hancockii, Rolfe 1903

Common Name Hancock's Dendrobium - In Chinese "Xi Ye Shi Hu"

Flower Size almost 1 1/4" [to 4 cm]

Found in Yunnan Province in southern China on tree trunks in forests or on rocks along valleys at elevations of 200 to 1600 [1600 to 2150] meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic orchid with slender, occasionally branching stems carrying linear, 2.2 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, unequally bidentate apically leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a short, axillary, 1 to 2 flowered, fragrant inflorescence that arises from the apical leaf axils of last years mature canes and occuring in the spring with strongly scented [honey] flowers.

In the winter the water should be reduced and the fertilizer eliminated until new growth appears in the spring.

If the leaves on your orchid are about 3/4" [2 cm] wide then your plant is D odiosum. The column to D odiosum is much shorter and the ventral side of the column has a solid line of hairs going all the way across. In D hancockii the column is twice as long and the ventral side of the apex of the column has a few hairs in the center and sparsely anywhere else.




  • W3 Tropicos
  • Kew Monocot list
  • IPNI
  • Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910
  • Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 photo fide
  • Orchid Species Culture; Dendrobium Bakers 1996
  • Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 4 1998 photo
  • Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide
  • Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2000 photo fide
  • The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006 photo fide
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo
  • Native Orchids of Shaanxi - Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo fide
  • A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok
  • Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009
  • Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing hmm
  • The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide

SOURCE: The International Orchid Species Encyclopedia


From Orchids WIki


Plants bloom in the spring with one to two flowers. Flowers are 4 cm wide with a fragrant honey scent.



Plants are found growing in forest trees in Yunnan, China at elevations of 200 to 1500 meters.



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:Hancock's Dendrobium


SOURCE: Orchids Wiki









A native of Yunnan Province in southwest China, this adorable species can be found growing on tree trunks or on rocks in elevations of 200 to 1500 meters. These seedlings are the result of a sibbing of the dwarf-growing variety, looking just like a miniature bamboo tree. Their waxy butter yellow flowers have a delightful honey fragrance and the plant, resembling a miniature bamboo, is charming, even when not in flower. They can re-bloom from older canes, usually in the spring, and make a decorative patio plant to grow year ‘round in frost-free climates. During their active growing season, provide generous water and fertilizer, then allow to dry slightly during the winter to prepare for late winter to spring flowering.
Color Yellow
BloomSeason Spring
PropagationMethod Seedling
Fragrance Yes
PlantLocation Greenhouse,House,Outdoor-frost free
LightRequirement Strong 2000+ F.C.,Medium 1000+ F.C.
Species True
CompactGrower True
Temperature Warm,Intermediate,Cool
Class Species
Genus Den.
HybridName hancockii
Cultivar Note : Husky Plant with Amazing Honey Fragrance !





From Nature Products Network


Dendrobium hancockii - Golden Bambus Orchid

This marvelous ground orchid is distributed throughout Southern China but has become very rare for 2 special reasons:

1st, it combines the looks of a bamboo with the golden flowers of an orchid;

2nd, the flowers have a strong aromatic perfume scent similar to honey;

3rd, it has medical properties.

Consequently, the species has disappeared from the wild.

Hence, we have made it our goal to reproduce this wonderful species in large quantities and re-introduce it to Chinese culture.

A truly extraordinary orchid that requires space and a bit of shade. It grows up to 2 meters tall and can form wonderful "bamboo" thickets.

SOURCE: Nature Products


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