Dendrochilum wichersii Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Dendrochilum

Plant in situ Sumatra

Plant ex situ Sumatra

Photos by Trey Sanders and his Dendrochilum Website

Drawing by Mansfield

Plant and Flowers Photo by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part shade Warm

Common Name Wichers' Dendrochilum

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Sumatra in forests at elevations around 850 meters as a miniature sized epiphyte with long, creeping pendulous rhizome giving rise to cylindrical, narroiwng a little towards the apex, broader at the base pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-lanceolate, somewhat obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect , flowers from the base, 3.6 to 6.8" [9 to 17 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying pale yellow flowers.

Schlechter stated that the short lip, the very short column with its very long arms and the bifid apical wings separated this species from all others in the section.


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