Dendrochilum imbricatum Ames 1920 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis [Benth.] Pfitzer

Photo by J B Comber


Photo by P J Cribb


Common Name The Imbricate Dendrochilum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Borneo in hill and lower montane forests at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with crowded, narrowly pyriform to cylindrical, smooth to finely straited pseuedobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong-elliptic to elliptic, acute to acuminate, coriaceous, 7 to9 nerved, midvein raised on abaxial side, gradually narrowing below into the tough, slender, sulcate to canaliculate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on a porrect to arching then pendulous, quadrangular, 25.6" to 42.4" [64 to 106 cm] long, laxly to subdensely many flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4, ovate-elliptic, acute bracts and broadly ovate-elliptic, rounded, imbricate in immaturity, equal to exceeding the flowers, brown sometimes flushed pink floral bracts and carrying strongly sweet scented flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol VI Ames 1920 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing/photo fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing fide/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Wood & Beaman etal 2001; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb & Lun 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide