Dendrochilum cupulatum J.J.Wood in J.J.Wood & P.J.Cribb 1994 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Eurybrachium

Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Susanna Start Smith

Fragrance Part shade Cool Cold LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Cap Carrying Dendrochilum [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Borneo in upper montane mossy ridge forests on sandstone often in exposed locations at elevations around 1400 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with .12 to .98" [.3 to 2.4 cm] between each, cylindrical to elliptic pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-ligulate, slightly carinate apically, apiculate, thin textured, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring in cultivation on an erect, peduncle .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, greenish yellow, rachis 2.4 to 5.6" [6 to 14 cm] long, quadrangular, densely many flowered inflorescence with oblong-elliptic to ovate, apiculate, carinate floral bracts and carrying spicy to honey scented flowers.

Wood states that this species is similar to D corrugatum but is distinguished by well spaced pseudobulbs, linear-ligulate leaves, slightly smaller flowers with a short dorsal sepal, non-falcte lateral sepals, entire petals, an entire, strongly concave, cupulate lip with 2 rounded central calli and a shorter column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing/photo fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo fide;