Dendrochilum geigeri Cootes, Cabactulan, Pimentel & M.Leon 2017 SECTION Platyclinis (Benth.) Pfitzer


Plant and Flowers Photos by Miguel Daniel De Leon and The Phyto Images Website

Fragrant Full Shade Warm LATEFall

Common Name Geiger's Dendrochilum American curator of the Malacology Department of Invertebrate Zoology at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in California, USA Current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found on Mindanao in the Philippines in shady Dipterocarp forests at elevations around 840 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with clustered, conical-ovate pseudobulbs enveloped by cataphyls and carrying a single, apical, velvety-glabrous, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, unequally rounded below into the brown, glabrous, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later winter on an erect then pendent, synanthous, to 10 " [25 cm] long overall, rachis elongating, middle flowers open first, to 34 flowered inflorescence and carrying mildly fragrant flowers.

Similar to Dendrochilum diabloviride but D geigeri differs however by the two prominent ridges on the adaxial surface of the labellum, the longer and wider posterior projections of the labellum, the more prominent bilateral saccate feature at the base of the labellum and the thicker, stiffer petals and sepals. of the labellum, and the flower colour. This species also has velvety leaf surfaces which is rare in Dendrochilum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 5(1): 9 2017 Cootes, Cabactulan, Pimentel & M.Leon photo fide