Common name: dagger orchid
Dendrobium pugioniforme A.Cunn. APNI*
Synonyms: Dockrillia pugioniformis (A.Cunn.) Rauschert APNI*
Description: Epiphyte or epilith with stems pendent, wiry, rooting mostly at the base of the sympodium but also from more apical stems, 0.5–3 cm long, 1–1.5 mm diam., with 1 leaf at apex; roots smooth, creeping and aerial.
Leaves mostly pendent, ovate to narrow-ovate, 1–7 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, 1–3 mm thick, flattened, attenuate, succulent, smooth.
Inflorescences 0.4–0.7 cm long, 1- or rarely 2- or 3-flowered. Sepals and lateral petals green to pale brown with brown striations at the base; dorsal sepal 8–12 mm long, 2–3 mm wide; labellum white to cream with purple markings, 13–18 mm long, 6–9 mm wide. Column c. 4 mm long; column foot 4–5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in rainforest on trees and rocks, from near sea level to over 1000 m alt.; north from the Bega district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
D. pugioniforme sporadically hybridizes with D. striolatum.
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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