Dendrochilum longirachis Ames 1920 SECTION Platyclinis Drawing by Mutsuko Nakajima

Common Name The Long Rachis Dendrochilum

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Borneo in riverine, lower montane, rather dense primarry forests at elevations of 1100 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with an abbreviated, branching rhizome giving rise to crowded, cylindrical to narrowly fusiform, shiny green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong-elliptic to elliptic, rounded to acute, thin-textured, 7 to 9 main nerved, sulcate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a pendulous, peduncle filiform, slightly dilated distally, 1.2 to 3.4" [3 to 8.5 cm] long, brownish pink, provided with ovate, obtuse, erose, pinkish brown bracts, rachis quadrangular, 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, brownish pink, laxly up to 130 flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, rounded, somewhat erose, salmon pink, as long as to slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying slightly sweet scented flowers with greenish yellow, palest green, transluscent yellow, dull greenish cream or white tepals, a yellow to pale green lip with often white side lobes, brown keels and a pale yellow column.


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;