Dendrochilum graminoides Carr 1935 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

Photo by T J Barkman


Collection Sheet

Drawing/collection sheet by J J Wood

Common Name The Grass-Like Dendrochilum

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in northern and northwestern Borneo in hill and lower forests at elevations around 900 to 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a branching rhizome giving rise to close set, ovoid to oblong-ovoid, minutely wrinkled pseudobulbs enveloped by 3 to 5, ovate-elliptic, acute, speckled, soon evenescent cataphylls and carrying a single, apical, narrowly linear, obliquely obtuse to acute, thin textured, 3 main nerved, gradually narrowing below into the rigid, slender, sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a gently curving, produced with the leaf nearly fully expanded, peduncle filiform, 2 to 3.8" [9.5 cm] long, provided with 3 to 4, ovate-elliptic, acute bracts, rachis nodding, quadrangular, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, subdensely 16 to 26 flowered inflorescence with narrowly ovate-elliptic, subacute to acute, pale brown, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying either scented or not flowers with deep yellow, bright lemon yellow to greenish yellow tepals that are salmon pink to brownish orange at the base, the lip is cream to yellow and centrally flushed with green and salmon paink at the base with a brown median line, the keels are green at the base, the column is greenish white with brown at the base.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011