Dendrochilum scriptum Carr 1935 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Eurybrachium

photo by J J Wood

Plant and Flowers

photo by T J Barkman


Drawing by Susanna Stuart-Smith/J J Wood


Common Name The Written Dendrochilum [refers to the M shaped keel on the lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in riverine and upper montane forests and scrub on mossy branches overhanging rivers and sometimes on boulders in an adjacent to rivers at elevations of 2600 to 3200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a shortly creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to narrowly ovoid, minutely wrinkled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, rigid, narrowly ligulate-elliptic, shortly acute, obtuse to minutely cuspidate, 5 to 6 main veined, sulcate below into the petioalte base leaf taht blooms in the late winter, early spring and summer on an erect, synanthous, peduncle to 2.4" [6 cm] long, terete, rachis to 3.4" [8.5 cm] long, quadrangular, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with ovate, obtuse, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, musty fruit scented flowers with salmon pink, ocher, orange to yellow tepals the sepals often tipped with brownish salmon and a salmon median line on the exterior, a salmon pink to reddish brown lip with paler keels, ocher to orange margins, a dark reddish brown column and a cream colored anther cap with a dark salmon pink median streak.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Plants of Mt Kianbalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing/photo fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 Drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 Drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011