Dendrochilum decipiens J.J.Sm. 1922 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Eurybrachium

In situ Sumatra

In situ Sumatra

Photos by Trey Sanders and his Dendrochilum Website

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cool Cold

Common Name The Deceiving Dendrochilum

Flower Size

Found in Kerinci district of Sumatra in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a branched rhizome giving rise to cylindrical, 5" [12.5 cm] between each pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-lanceolate, abruptly narrowing .8" [2 cm] below the apex, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, arising on a newly emerging growth, rachis arching to 4" [10 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence. J J Smith compared this species to D latilobum but D decipiens has larger flowers, very acute sepals and petals, a longer lip, with the large basal part as broad as the mid-lobe, longer and lower keels,. a straighter column, and the nearly linear stelids that are longer than the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001