Dendrophylax sallei (Rchb.f.) Benth. ex Rolfe 1888

Photo by Wladca Tortugi and La Republica Dominicana Website

Part shadeWarm Spring

Common Name Salle's Dendrophylax

Flower Size 2.6" [6.5 cm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in broadleaf limestone forests at elevations of 500 to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing leafless epiphyte with inconspicuous stems giving rise to adpressed to the substrate, gray-green, numerous, fascicled roots that blooms in the spring on an arcuate to ascending, 1.2 to 7.2" [3 to 18 cm] long, with tubular sheathing bracts, rachis successively single, to 10 flowered inflorescence with scarious, lanceolate floral bracts and carrying white to pale green, showy, large, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Aeranthes sallei Rchb.f. 1864; Polyradicion sallei (Rchb.f.) Garay 1969; Polyrrhiza sallei (Rchb.f.) Cogn. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 as Polyrrhiza sallei; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 #10 2006 photo fide; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana and Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide