Dendrobium plicatile

Dendrobium plicatile is an orchid species of Asia. It was formerly treated as Flickingeria fimbriata in the (no longer accepted) genus Flickingeria.

Dendrobium plicatile
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Dendrobieae
Genus: Dendrobium
D. plicatile
Binomial name
Dendrobium plicatile
  • Callista binnendykii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891
  • Callista flabella [Rchb.f]Kuntze 1891
  • Callista kunstleri (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891
  • Dendrobium binnendijkii Rchb.f. 1865
  • Dendrobium fimbriatum [Bl.] Lindl. 1830
  • Dendrobium flabellum Rchb.f 1857
  • Dendrobium insulare Steudel 1840
  • Dendrobium kunstleri Hook.f. 1890
  • Dendrobium mentosum Schltr. 1911
  • Dendrobium rabanii Lindl.
  • Desmotrichum binnendijkii (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1910
  • Desmotrichum fimbriatum Blume 1825
  • Desmotrichum kunstleri (Hook.f.) Kraenzl. 1910
  • Ephemerantha fimbriata (Blume) P.F. Hunt & Summerh. 1961
  • Ephemerantha kunstleri (Hook.f.) P.F.Hunt & Summerh. 1961
  • Flickingeria binnendijkii (Rchb.f.) A.D.Hawkes 1965
  • Flickingeria fimbriata (Blume) A.D.Hawkes, Orquídea (Rio de Janeiro) 27: 303 (1965)
  • Flickingeria kunstleri (Hook.f.) A.D.Hawkes 1965;
  • Flickingeria rabanii (Lindl.) Seidenf.


The orchid is native to Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Malesia, and other regions.

It is found in: Borneo, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, Hainan, Himalayas East, India ( Assam), Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Islands, Malaya, Nepal, Nicobar Islands, Philippines, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Thailand, Vietnam.


Medicinal plant

The plant reportedly has the Hepatoprotection properties, the ability to prevent damage to the liver.

From the stems, three phenanthrenes can be isolated, named plicatol A, B and C.[2]

The plant also contains the norditerpenoids named flickinflimilins A and B and steroids.[3]


  1. "Dendrobium plicatile Lindl.". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 5 August 2016 via The Plant List.
  2. Phenanthrenes from Dendrobium plicatile. Chie Honda and Masae Yamaki, Phytochemistry, April 2000, Volume 53, Issue 8, Pages 987–990, doi:10.1016/S0031-9422(99)00497-5
  3. Norditerpenoids from Flickingeria fimbriata and their inhibitory activities on nitric oxide and tumor necrosis factor-α production in mouse macrophages. Chen JL, Zhong WJ, Tang GH, Li J, Zhao ZM, Yang DP and Jiang L, Molecules, 6 May 2014, volume 19, issue 5, pages 5863-5875, doi:10.3390/molecules19055863

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