Dendrochilum lacinilobum J.J.Wood & A.L.Lamb 1994 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis

Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website


Photo by Anthony Lamb

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by J J Wood/Susanna Stuart Smith

Fragrance Part shade Warm Cool Fall Spring

Common Name The Irregularily Cut Lobe Dendrochilum [refers to the lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in hill and lower montane mossy ridge forests on sandstone and shale in thick moss on tree trunls and branches at elevations around 900 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with narrowly fusiform pseudubulbs enveloped by pale brown, darker brown mottled fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic to ligulate=elliptic, obtuse, mucronate, thin textured, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on an erect, peduncle 3.6 to 6.4" [9 to 16 cm] long, naked, terete, pale green, rachis 4 to 5.2" [10 to 13 cm] long, quadrangular, yellowish, 2 ranked, densely to 50 flowered inflorescence with ovate-oblong , obtuse, concave, involute, prominently nerved, brown floral bracts and carrying sweetly scented flowers.

Wood states that this orchid is similar to D gramineum and D kamborangense but differs from both in the white sepals and petals as well as the irregularily lacinate side lobes of the lip, the 2 flange like basal keels and the apical column arms. It also has wider petals and a slightly broader lip than D gramineum and smaller flowers with narrower petals and lip separate it from D kamborangense.


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; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo fide;