Dendrobium okinawense

Family Orchidaceae
Subamily Epidendroideae
Tribe Dendrobieae (also placed in Podochileae)
Subtribe Dendrobiinae
Scientific name Dendrobium okinawense Hatusima & Ida
Synonyms none
Common name (Japanese common name) okinawa sekkoku (オキナワセッコク, 沖縄石斛  [meaning: Okinawa Island sekkoku (sekkoku = Dendrobium moniliforme)])
(English common name) none
Distribution (Japan) Okinawa
(Other nations) Taiwan
Chromosomal number unknown
Description Plants 50-70cm long. Leaves 10-12cm long. Flowers white or pink 5-6cm across, flowering in May to June. Growing epiphyte on mossy branches of old big tree of Taxus cuspidata Siebold & Zuccarini or Quercus miyagii Koidzumi. Evergreen. Perennial plants.
Reference Dendrobium okinawense Hatus. & Ida
Dendrobium okinawense Hatusima & Ida (Orchidaceae): A Newly Recorded Species in Taiwan
Taxonomic revision of Dendrobium moniliforme complex (Orchidaceae)
Cosmetic composition containing polyorganosiloxane-containing epsilon-polylysine polymer, and polyhydric alcohol, and production thereof (European Patent EP1604647/2008)
Use of polyglutamic acid or its salts (European Patent EP1602354/2008)
Note Photos below are those of an orchid (Dendrobium okinawense 'Okinawa-no-hana') which was cultivated by Mr. Masakuni Odakura and displayed at the Orchid Show 2009 in Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan).

February 2009
at Tokyo Dome
February 2009
at Tokyo Dome
February 2009
at Tokyo Dome