Dendrochilum oxylobum Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis


Photos courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Fragrant Partial Shade Hot Warm Spring Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Pointed Lip Dendrochilum

Flower Size .3 to .4" [8 to 9mm]

Found only in Borneo in lower montane forests on sandstone at elevations of 400 to 900 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or terrestrial with cylindrical to oblong-ovoid, tapering towards the apex, shiny pale green, close set pseudobulbs enveloped basally in youth by 4 to 5, imbricate, tubular, acute, brown sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, thin textured, brown suffused in youth, lanceolate, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a terminal, erect then abruptly lateral to arching, peduncel [15 to 30 cm] long, providede with 1 to 2 ovate-elliptic to oblong, acute to obtuse, mucronate bracts, rachis quadrangular, decurved, 3.4 to 11.2" [8.5 to 28 cm] long, pale brownish green, glabrous or sparsely brown furfuraceous, to 9.6 to 22.4" [24 to 56 cm] long overall, laxly to subdensely many flowered inflorescence arising on a newly arising growth with oblong to oblong-ovate, acute to apiculate, cinnamon brown, to flesh colored, much longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

"D oxylobum is closely allied to the widespread, D longifolium but is distinguished from it by its larger, brownish-ochre flowers witha differntly alligned keels on the labellum.

Synonyms Dendrochilum viridifuscum J.J.Sm. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing/photo fide; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing/photos fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide;