Dendrochilum globigerum (Ridl.) J.J.Sm. 1904 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

Plant and Flowers

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Drawing by Susanna Stuart SMith

Fragrance Part shade Warm Spring

Common Name The Globe Carrying Dendrochilum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sabah and Sarawak Borneo in in hill and lower montane forests at elevations of 700 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with crowded, globose, ovoid to oblong-ovoid , obtuse pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, sometimes constricted below the apex, obtuse, thin textured, 5 nerved, sulcate and narrrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect then gently curving, peduncle filiform, 1.4 to 4" [3.5 to 10 cm] long, rachis quadrangular, .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, pale orange, laxly 8 to 20 flowered inflorescence with a solitary oblong-ovate acute bract and oblong-ovate acute, apiculate to obtuse, floral bracts carrying sweetly scented flowers.

Synonyms Acoridium globigerum (Ridl.) Rolfe 1904; Dendrochilum minimum (Ridl.) Merr. 1921; Dendrochilum minus (Ridl.) Merr. 1921; Platyclinis globigera Ridl. 1896; Platyclinis minima Ridl. 1908; Platyclinis minor Ridl. 1908

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