Dendrochilum smithianum (Ames) L.O. Williams 1952 SUBGENUS Acoridium SECTION Heterantha

Inflorescence Photos by Dr Ed de Vogel and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids

Common Name Smith's Dendrochilum [Dutch Orchidologist 1900's]

Flower Size 1/6" [4 mm]

Found in the Philippines at elevations around 500 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clsoe set, elliptical to cylindric, tapering from the base to the apex pseudobulbs with a leathery, linear to lanceolate, 3 to 5 veined leaf and blooms in the winter and spring on a lateral, arching, densely many [30] flowered inflorescence with glumaceous-like, ovate bracts . This species is similar to D pulcherrimum but differs in having paler flowers, longer inflorescnce and flowers that open wider and the tips of the floral segments do not curve inward much and the plant is much more robust and larger.

Synonyms Acoridium smithianum Ames 1937

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of The Philippines Cootes 2001 photo ok; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Philippines Native Orchid Spceis Cootes 2011 photo ok

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