Dendrochilum imitator J.J. Wood 1994 SECTION Platyclinis TYPE Drawing by J J Wood & Susanna Stuart-Smith

Common Name The Imitating Dendrochilum [refers to this species being very similar to D lacteum]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sabah & Sarawak Borneo on tree trunks in dry and rather low ridge forests and on branches overhanging water courses at elevations of 1300 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a pendulous, branching rhizome giving rise to crowded, narrowly cylindrical, to narrowly fusiform pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, thin textured, 5 nerved, narrowly elliptic, acute, sulcate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a pendulous, peduncle filiform, 1.8 to 3.6" [4.5 to 9 cm] long, provided with 1 to 2, ovate, acute bracts, rachis quadrangular, slightly fractiflex, salmon pink, 1 to 4.2" [2.5 to 10.5 cm] long, laxly 6 to 20 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale green, dull pale greenish brown to reddish tan flowers with a white lip with a large central brownish blotch or with yellow brown keels tha median keel pale green and the column cream.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 Drawing fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood etal 2001; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing fide;