Dendrochilum sublobatum Carr 1935 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

Drawing by J J Wood


Common Name The Almost Lobed Dendrochilum [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Borneo in mossy forests at elevations of 1230 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with an abbreviated rhizome giving rise to cylindrical wrinkled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, 3 nerved, with numerous, crystalline calcium axalate bodies, narrowly linear-lanceolate, obtuse to minutely apiculate, attenuate below into the sulcate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, from the apex of a mature pseudobulb, peduncle terete, .5 to 2" [1.2 to 5 cm] long, without bracts, rachis quadrangular, 3.2 to 7" [8 to 17.5 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying slightly sweetly scented, greenish yellow flowers with the tip of the column brown.

"Carr considered this little collected species to be allied with D dolicobrachium, D gibbsiae and D haslamii all within the section Cruciformis. Despite obvious similarities I [JJ WOOD} have provisionally included it within the section Platyclinis on account of the presence of a small column foot. Molecular analysis may help clarify its true affinities and perhaps future inclusion within the section Cruciformis." J J Wood 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 Drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood etal 2001; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing fide;