Dendrochilum dulitense Carr 1935 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

Drawing by Susanna Stuart Smith

Collection Sheet

TYPE Collection Sheet by Carr and The Kew Science Website


Common Name The Dulit Dendrochilum [refers to the ridge where the species was discovered]

Flower Size 1/4" [6.2 mm]

Found in Sarawak and Brunei Borneo in lower montane moss forests on small trees at elevations around 1350 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an abbreviated rhizome giving rise to approximate, ovoid to subglobose, dull green pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 3 to 4 , ovate, obtuse cataphyls and carrying a single, apical, erect, linear, ligulate, obtuse, coriaceous, margins often revolute in dried material, 5 main nerved, mid green, gradually narrowing below into the sulcate, petioalte base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect to nodding, emerging from the unexpanded leaf, peduncle filiform, .48 to 1.2" [1.2 to 3 cm] long, naked, rachis quadrangular, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long,pale pinkish, laxly 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence with oblong-ovate, very shortly acuminate, acute, 3 nerved, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying unscented, transluscent pale salmon-pink to orange ocher with a pale to dull yellow to orange ochre lip with a cream colored margin, a dull peach to orange ocher column and yellow ochre to apricot colored stelida.

Wood states that this orchid is similar to D ochrolabium but it has broader, narrowly elliptic, very minutely black punctate-ramentaceous leaves, pale green flowers with an ocher lip, a distinctly smaller, narrower lip without an elevated median nerve and ligulate, acute stelida.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Dendrochilum of Borneo J J Wood 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001 drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017;