Dendrochilum cordatum H.A.Pedersen 2001 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

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Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name The Heart Shaped Dendrochilum [refers to the cordate labellum when flattened]

Flower Size 7/16" [8 mm]

Found on the southern Cordillera Central on Luzon Island of The Philippines at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, fusiform, deeply longitudinally, furrowed pseudsobulbs enveloped by 3 to 4, imperfectly tubular, round to obtuse, setose cataphylls becoming persistent fibers and carrying a single, apical, conolute, dorsal-ventrally complanate, linear-lacneoalte, acute to acuminate, leathery , distinctly 5 veined, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a synanthous, racemose, erect till the rachis apex and then at right angles then descending, slender, terete, to 14" [35 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with the distichously alternating flowers opening from the middle of the rachis first

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana Vol 16/No 4 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 2 2002 photo; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Philippine Native orcid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide