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Species profile—Dendrobium nindii (blue orchid)


Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → OrchidaceaeDendrobium nindii (blue orchid)

Species details

Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Dendrobium nindii W.Hill
Common name
blue orchid
WildNet taxon ID
Alternate name(s)
blue antler orchid
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
BRI 256423, status annotated by M.Clements
Dendrobium nindii is an epiphytic orchid; it lives on other plants, but does not derive nutrients from them. It forms tall, slender clumps and has dark green, leathery leaves up to 15cm long. Long stems bear sprays of 10-20 flowers. The flower petals are whitish with a pale blue tinge. The forward projecting petal (labellum) is deep pink to reddish in colour. (Herbrecs 2008)
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Dendrobium nindii is a lowland species of the hot, humid swamps. It has been found high in the canopy of mangroves, in the full sun. It also grows on palms. (Herbrecs 2008)
Threatening processes
Clearing of habitat for agriculture, particularly for sugar, and continued poaching.
Management documents
Conservation and management of protected plants in trade in Queensland 1995-1998. Department of Environment.
Contributors: Weslawa Misiak 10/09/1998; Peter Bostock, Mellisa Mayhew 13/03/2009
Clements, M.A. (1989). Catalogue of Australian Orchidaceae. Australian Orchid Research 1: 1-160.
Cribb, P.J. (1986). A revision of Dendrobium Sect. Spatulata (Orchidaceae). Kew Bulletin 41(3): 615-692.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008). Durabaculum nindii in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Accessed 30/09/2008.
Herbrecs (2008). Dendrobium nindii, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 30/09/2008.
Jones, D.L. (2006). A complete guide to native orchids of Australia, including the island territories, New Holland (Australia).
Profile author
Peter Bostock (13/03/2009)

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Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
8 March 2022
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