Dendrochilum carinatum Carr 1933 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Eurybrachium

Inflorescence and Plant Photos by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cool

Common Name The Carinate Dendrochilum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sumatra in forests at elevations around 1525 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short, branching rhizome giving rise to close set, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, linear-lanceolate, acute, narrowing below into the grooved petiolate base leaf that blooms on a thin, peduncle to 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, arising on an almost mature pseudobulb, rachis sinuous, to 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, 15 top 17 flowered inflorescence carrying pale, flesh colored flowers.

Similar to D karoense but it has only 2 keels at the center of the lip, the stelids are obtuse and arise from near the column base. D carinatum has 4 keels on the lip, acute stelids and the arise from the apical half of the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Suamtra J B Comber 2001;