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


Plant in situ Sumatra

Photos by Trey Sanders and his Dendrochilum Website

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

Part shade Cool Cold

Common Name The Ophiopogon-like Dendrochilum

Flower Size .34" [8.5 mm]

Found in Sumatra in montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2450 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with freely branchiong, climbing rhizomes giving rise to densely clumped, terete pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, linear, narrowing towards the apex, more or less apiculate, basally narrowing into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a thin peduncle to 6.4" [16 cm] long, arising just as the leaves appear, rachis square in crosssection, sparsely and minutely hairy, 3.2 to 4.6" [8 to 11.5 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

J J Smith put this species close to D cornutum even though this one has well developed side lobes to the lip.

Synonyms Dendrochilum ophiopogonoides var. kerintjiense J.J.Sm. 1932; Dendrochilum ophiopogonoides var. merapiense J.J.Sm. 1922

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