Dendrobium teretifolium

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Dendrobium teretifolium
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Dendrobium teretifolium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Podochileae
Subtribe: Dendrobiinae
Genus: Dendrobium
R.Br., 1810
Species: D. teretifolium

Callista teretifolia (R.Br.) Kuntze Dockrillia teretifolia Brieger

Dockrillia teretifolia is a synonym of Dendrobium teretifolium, the thin pencil orchid, rat's tail orchid or bridal veil orchid is found in Queensland and NSW (Calliope Range to Tuross Heads); 500-800 metres altitude. It flowers from July to August.

"Widespread and common, in Qld grows on rocks and rainforest trees, particularly Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii), in the ranges along stream banks and in mangroves; in s. NSW it grows almost exclusively on Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca) and is locally common in coastal districts; flowers are strongly scented. RECOG. Stems zig-zagged; leaves terete; flowers uncrowded, white, cream, or greenish with red or purple central stripes. HYB. With D. mortii."[1]

D. teretifolia is easy to identify even when not flowering, as the leaves grow to 60cm long by 8mm thick and are pendulous and ungrooved, while the stems zig-zag at each branch.[2]


  1. ^ A complete Guide to Native Orchids of Australia, including the island territories, p. 393. David L. Jones. 2006. New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. 2086 Australia. ISBN 1-877069-12-4.
  2. ^ [1]

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