Dendrochilum fruticicola J.J.Sm. 1922 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis Photo by J.J.Wood and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade CoolColdWinter

Common Name The Fruit Living Dendrochilum

Flower Size .65" [1.6 cm]

Found in Sumatra at elevations around 1750 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with about .4" [1 cm] between eachoval to ovoid, set at an acute angle to the rhizome pseudobulbs carrying lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, abruptly narrowing near the apex, apiculate, leathery, abruptly contracted below into the channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a laterally flattened, 9.4" [23.5 cm] long, quadrangular in cross-section, fine haired below several flowered inflorescence with persistent, obovate floral bracts.

J J Smith put D basale close to D fruticicola but D basale has truncate and dentate side lobes to the lip and pseudobulbs that are shorter in proportion to the width.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide;