Dendrochilum lewisii J.J. Wood 1984 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Eurybrachium

Drawing by Mair Swann


Common Name Lewis Dendrochilum [Honors Gwilym Lewis, British, a Legume specialist at Kew that collected the type current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sarawak Borneo in ridge top upper monatane forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with fusiform, smooth pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, rigid, coriaceous, 5 nerved, pale green, oblong-elliptic, obtuse and shortly mucronate, slightly constricted below the apex, thin textured, 7 to 9 main nerved, often flushed red, sulcate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier fall on an erect, slightly curving, peduncle filiform, provided with 1 to 6, ovate, acute bracts, .8 to 4.6" [2 to 11.5 cm] long, rachis quadrangular, 3.2 to 8" [8 to 20 cm] long, pinkish, laxly 16 to many flowered inflorescence with ovate to ovate-elliptic, acute to minutely apiculate, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellowish cream to transparent cream tepals often suffused with pale salmon pink down the middle and at the base, a cream colored lip with a brownish pink center or midline , the base and keels pale salmon pink and the the column also pale salmon pink.


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