Dendrochilum crassum Ridl. 1896 SUBGENUS Dendrochilum

Photo by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Photo by Peter Maxwell

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by J B Comber


Drawing by Sussana Stuart Smith

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.

distinguished from other in the section by the strongly incurved, fleshy, sparsely furfuraceous sepals and petals and very prominent, fleshy keels on the proximally broad labellum.


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 fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; 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