Dendrochilum uncatum Rchb. f. 1855 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis [Benth.] Pfitzer

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers

Photo and award winning plant Courtesy of Jamie Lawson


Common Name The Hook-Shaped Dendrochilum [Refers to the inward bent to the arms on the column] - In China Zu Zhu Lan

Flower Size 3/8" [.9 cm]

Found in the Philippines and Taiwan as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte occuring at elevatons of 500 to 2300 meters with conical, densely clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 oblong, tapering to a petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, arcuate, 6" [15 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence arising on a new growth with many [30], fragrant flowers arranged in 2 rows.

Synonyms Acoridium cucumerinum (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1904; Acoridium uncatum (Rchb. f.) Rolfe 1904; Dendrochilum cucumerinum Rchb. f. 1864; Platyclinis uncata N.E. Br. ex B.S. Williams 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 2 Ames 1908 drawing fide; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 5 Ames 1915 as D cucumerinum; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 5 Ames 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as Acoridium uncatum; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1A Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Schlechter/Brieger 1986 drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo fide; Orchids of The Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #7 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide;