Dendrochilum anomalum Carr 1935 SUBGENUS Platyclinis ECTION Platyclinis


photo by J J Wood/Drawing by Mutsuko Nakajima


Common Name The Abnormal Dendrochilum [refers to its not having any close relatives]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Borneo at elevations around 600 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with crowded, ovoid, smooth to finely wrinkled, yellowish olive pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, sulcate, tough, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, shortly apiculate, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and fall on a terete, peduncle 6.4 to 10" [16 to 25 cm] long, yellowish green, with 3 to 4, ovate-elliptic, acute bracts, rachis quadrangular, 7 to 10.8" [17.5 to 27 cm] long, pale brownish green, sparsely ramentaceous, arising from within the expanding leaf, lax to subdense, many flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, obtuse to subacute, concave, multi nerved, yeelowish green to pink speckled brown floral bracts and carrying dull orange yellow flowers with an orange lip with the central parts red, greenish cream to pale green to yellowish green sepals tipped with brownish pink and a pale reddish brown to orange column.

"A quite distinctive species which has no close allies, hence the specific epitheth. The short upcurved, falcate stelida borne at oe just below the stigmatic cavity are similar to D muluense." J J Wood 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Plants of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 Drawing fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood etal 2001; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide;