Dendrochilum papillitepalum J.J.Wood 1995 publ. 1994 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis [Benth.] Pfitzer

TYPE Drawing by Susanna Stuart-Smith/J J Wood


Common Name The Papillate Tepals Dendrochilum

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Sarawak Borneo in riparian forests at elevations around 530 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an abbreviated rhizome giving rise to crowded, fusiform pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic-ligulate, acute, 4 to 5 nerved, gradually attenuate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an erect becoming pendulous, peduncle filiform, terete, 8.4" [21 cm] long, rachis quadrangular, 16.8" [42 cm] long, with 7 imbricate, obtuse, apiculate, sterile bracts, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with oblong-ovate, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers with a reddish column.

Distinguished from other Bornean Dendrochilum by the papillate tepals and Auriculate stelida.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001;