Dendrobium aemulum

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Ironbark Orchid
Dendrobium aemulum.jpg
Dendrobium on a tree in
Lamington National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Dendrobieae
Subtribe: Dendrobiinae
Genus: Dendrobium
Species: D. aemulum
Binomial name
Dendrobium aemulum
  • Callista aemula (R.Br.) Kuntze
  • Dendrocoryne aemulum (R.Br.) Brieger in F.R.R.Schlechter
  • Tropilis aemula (R.Br.) Raf.
  • Dendrobium callitrophilum B.Gray & D.L.Jones
  • Tropilis callitrophila (B.Gray & D.L.Jones) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.
  • Dendrobium odontochilum Rchb.f
  • Tropilis odontochila (Rchb.f.) Butzin

Dendrobium aemulum, known as the Ironbark Orchid or White Feather Orchid is a small orchid found in eastern Australia and in New Caledonia.[1] The habitat is in coastal districts; on rocks, rainforest trees and Ironbark eucalyptus trees. Flowers are attractive and of appeal to orchid growers. These orchids give a pleasant scent. The scent is apparently an attractant to moths who assist in pollination.[2]

The species first appeared in scientific literature in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae in 1810, authored by Robert Brown.


Two varieties are recognized:[1]

  • Dendrobium aemulum var. aemulum - New South Wales, Queensland, New Caledonia
  • Dendrobium aemulum var. callitrophilum (B.Gray & D.L.Jones) Dockrill - Queensland


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN 978-0-7318-1211-0 page 261

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