Dendrochilum tenuitepalum J.J.Wood 1994 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

TYPE Drawing by Susanna Stuart-SmithJ J Wood


Common Name The Thin Tepal Dendrochilum

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in open mossy low forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with arising at an acute angle to the rhizome, ovoid-elliptic to oblong-elliptic, straight to gently curved, wrinkled when dry pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, 5 to 7 nerved, linear, ligulate, obtuse and mucronate to apiculate, cuneate and conduplicate below into the narrow, canaliculate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect to gently curving, peduncle 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long, without bracts, rachis quadrangular, 5.6 to 7.2" [14 to 18 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with oblong-ovate, acute to acuminate, as shorter than to longer than ovary floral bracts and carrying unscented, very pale greenish flowers.

"Distinguished form the closely related D mucronatum by its longer and slightly narrower tepals, non erose petals, entire, narrowly ovate-elliptic, minutely papillose labellum and bilobed flange of the lower margin of the stigmatic cavity." J J Wood 2001


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