Dendrochilum rufum (Rolfe) J.J.Sm. 1904 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Mammosa

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Photos by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Susanna Stuart-Smith

Part shade Hot Winter

Common Name The Reddish Dendrochilum [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Borneo in mixed forests at elevations around 200 to 300 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with crowded, ovoid-oblong pseudubulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear, ligulate, acute, slightly constricted towards the apex, thin textured, sulcate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter in cultivation on an curving to pendulous, peduncle 6 to 6.4" [15 to 16 cm] long, filiform, rachis 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, quadrangular, laxly 8 to 22 flowered inflorescence with oblong-elliptic to oblong-ovate, apiculate, longer tha the ovary floral bracts.

"It clearly has a close affinity to D saccatum but is distinguished bu the very short pedicel and ovary, the less sacacate hypochile and the shorter epichile." J J Wood 2001

Synonyms Acoridium rufum (Rolfe) Rolfe 1904; *Platyclinis rufa Rolfe 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 10 Wood 2012 photo/drawing fide