Dendrochilum charisae Cabactulan, Cootes, M.Leon & R.B.Pimentel 2018 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Eurybrachium

Plant and Inflorescence

TYPE Photos by Miguel David Deleon and the The Phytoimages Website

Shade cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name Charisa's Dendrochilum [Charisma A. Hampel, Philippine orchid collector, enthusiast and nurserywoman current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Philippines on Mindanao Island in shady, mossy dipterocarp forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, clustered, conical oblong, wrinkled pseudobulbs enveloped by cataphyls and carrying a single, leathery, lanceolate, rounded apically, adaxially and abaxially glabrous, margins entire, lateral veins parallel, adaxially absent, abaxially flattened, 3-nerved on both sides, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on up to 13, synanthous, peduncle acicular, 2.52 to 3.8" [6.3 to 9.5 cm] long rachis 2" [5 cm], semi-arcuate, slightly decurrent, up to 100 flowered inflorscence with elliptic-ovate, 11-nerved, persistent, involute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying mildly fragrant [like crushed leaves of the fragrant screw pine] flowers that first open from the base of the rachis,

"Dendrochilum charisae is most similar to Ddc. mearnsii Ames, but differs in the shape of the labellum, which in Ddc. charisae is broadly ovate, whereas the labellum of Ddc. mearnsii is cordate; the petals of Ddc. charisae are slightly revolute, whereas the petals of Ddc. mearnsii are flat; the flowers on the rachis of Ddc. charisae are less noticeably spirally arranged, whereas those of Ddc. mearnsii are distinctly spiralling." Cabactulan, M.D. De Leon, Cootes, and Pimentel 2019


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 6(2): 11 Cabactulan, M.Leon, Cootes & R.B.Pimentel 2018 photo fide;