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

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 ok; Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing/photo fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing/photo good; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo fide;