Dendrobium schneiderae

Eungella moon orchid, small moon orchid

This epiphyte or occasional lithophyte forms dense clumps on rocks and trees in the rainforest of Lamington National Park. It typically grows on the upper branches of rainforest trees so is easily overlooked due to its relatively small size.

The pseudobulbs grow to 25 mm by 15 mm with two apical leaves to 7 cm by 8 mm. The flowering stem grows to 15 cm with up to 15 flowers. The greenish yellow flowers are 8 mm across, waxy with an unusual horned labellum.

This orchid can be easily identified by its short pseudobulbs and arching raceme of greenish yellow flowers. There are no other similar orchids which can be confused with this orchid.

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