Dendrobium kingianum

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Pink Rock Orchid
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Dendrobieae
Subtribe: Dendrobiinae
Genus: Dendrobium
Species: D. kingianum
Binomial name
Dendrobium kingianum
Bidwill ex Lindl., 1844
  • Callista kingiana (Bidwill ex Lindl.) Kuntze
  • Dendrocoryne kingianum (Bidwill ex Lindl.) Brieger in F.R.R.Schlechter
  • Tropilis kingiana (Bidwill ex Lindl.) Butzin
  • Thelychiton kingianus (Bidwill ex Lindl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
  • Dendrobium kingianum var. pallidum F.M.Bailey
  • Dendrobium kingianum var. album B.S.Williams
  • Dendrobium kingianum subvar. pallidum A.H.Kent in H.J.Veitch
  • Dendrobium kingianum var. silcockii F.M.Bailey
  • Dendrobium kingianum var. aldersonae F.M.Bailey

Dendrobium kingianum or Thelychiton kingianum,[2] commonly known as Pink Rock Orchid, Captain King's Dendrobium, or (somewhat misleadingly) Pink Rock Lily, is a plant of the genus Dendrobium and native to eastern Australia (Queensland and New South Wales).[1][3] It was named after admiral Phillip Parker King, explorer of Australia.

Dendrobium kingianum grows naturally on rocky surfaces and occasionally on tree logs, flowers in spring or late winter. The shade of the flowers is usually pink and rarely white.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Thelychiton kingianus formerly known as Dendrobium kingianum
  3. ^ a b "Botanica. The Illustrated AZ of over 10000 garden plants and how to cultivate them", pp. 295-296. Könemann, 2004. ISBN 3-8331-1253-0

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