Dendrochilum truncatum J.J.Sm. 1917 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis [Benth.] Pfitzer TYPE Drawing by J J Smith and The Swiss Orchid foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part shade Warm Cool

Common Name The Truncate Dendrochilum [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sumatra in montane forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte on rocks in full sun with a short rhizome with close set, ellipsoid, pale yellowish green, wrinkled with age pseudubulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, acute, apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a spotted, arising with the leaves, thin, pale green peduncle, 2.2 to 3.2" [5.5 to 8 cm] long, rachis, thicker, quadrangular, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence

Similar to D gracile but D truncatum differs in the shorter inflorescence, the truncate lip midlobe and the shorter stelids.


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