Dendrochilum kamborangense Ames 1920 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

Photo by J B Comber and the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew


Inflorescence and plant in situ Mt Kinabalu Borneo

Photos by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Fragrant Part shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name The Kamborangah Dendrochilum [An Area near Mt Kinabalu]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Borneo near Mt Kinabalu in lower to upper montane mossy forests at elevations 1500 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an abbreviated rhizome giving rise to crowded, oblong-ovoid to subcylindrical, finely longitudinally wrinkled, yellowish pseudobulbs enveloped basally by imbricating, basal, scarious becoming fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, linear to narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing, cuneate below into the sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, longer than the leaf, peduncle 5.2 to 10.4" [13 to 26 cm] long, provided with 1 to 2, ovate, acute bracts, rachis quadrangular, 4.8 to 9.2" [12 to 23 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with ovate, subacute, brown, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying fragrant or not flowers.

This species has the general appearance and flower color of D trusmadiense of the section Eurybrachium but the column and lip are quite different." J J Wood 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol VI Ames 1920 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 10 Wood & der Ent 2012 photo fide