Dendrochilum crassum Ridl. 1896 SUBGENUS Dendrochilum Photo by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Inflorescence Photo by Peter Maxwell

FragrancePart shade Hot Cool Summer

Common Name The Thick Dendrochilum [refers to the leaves and the fleshy floral parts]

Flower Size .2" [4 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia and Borneo in montane forests on in lower montane forests steep rocky roadside banks often in exposed locations at elevations of 400 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, hot to coolgrowing epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte on sandstone and shale outcrops or epiphyte with cylindrical, riged, olive to orange pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic or oblong elliptic, obtuse, minutely mucronate apically, coriaceous, gradually narrowing below into the clasping, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the summer on a from the rhizome, 7.2" [18 cm] long, densely many flowered, terete inflorescence enveloped almost completely by brown, furfuraceous, somewhat inflated bracts and carrying the sweetly scented flower in an arching spray.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Penninsular Mayasia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 drawing/photo ok; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing hmm; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing/photo fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing/photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo hmm; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide