Dendrochilum kingii (Hook.f.) J.J.Sm. 1904 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Mammosa

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Inflorescence Photos by Art Vogel

Flower closeup

Plant and Flowers

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Type Drawing From Icones 21 Hooker 1890.

Fragrant Full Shade Hot warm Spring Summer Fall

Common Name King's Dendrochilum [British Botanist in India later 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines in hill forests on trees and rocks at elevations of 300 to 900 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with oblong to ovoid, smooth to wrinkled, aggregated to .6" [1.5 cm] apart psuedobulbs envelopd in youth by cataphyls and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, thin to rather thick, shiny, linear-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, ligulate, sometimes distally constricted, obtuse to acute, sulcvate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on a synanthous, basal, terete, erect to curving, glabrous to sparsely minutely furfuraceous-punctate, slightly fractiflex, to 18.4" [46 cm] long, laxly 6 to 30 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3, basal, acute sterile bracts and linear-lanceoalte, ovaste-elliptic to ovate, acute to shortly acuminate, convolute flora lbracts and carrying sweetly scented to not, color variable flowers.

J J Smith stated that D glossorhynchum was close to D kingii but it has smaller flowers and there are no stelid present as well as the lip side lobes are somewhat acute and those of D kingii are obtuse.

Synonyms Acoridium kingii (Hook.f.) Rolfe 1904; Acoridium sarawakense (Ridl.) Rolfe 1904; Dendrochilum bicallosum J.J.Sm. 1909; Dendrochilum bigibbosum J.J.Sm. 1911; Dendrochilum kingii var. tenuichilum J.J.Wood 2001; Dendrochilum palawanense Ames 1908; Dendrochilum sarawakense (Ridl.) J.J.Sm. 1904; *Platyclinis kingii Hook.f. 1890; Platyclinis sarawakensis Ridl. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones 21 Hooker 1890 as Platyclinis kingii drawing fide; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as D palawanense drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Orchidiana Philippiana Vol 1 Valamyor 1984; as D palawanense; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing/ photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Wood & Beaman etal 2001 photo hmm; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing fide/photo ok; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 as D kingii var. tenuichilum drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo ok; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 10 Wood 2012 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide;