Dendrochilum stachyodes (Ridl.) J.J.Sm. 1904 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Eurybrachium

Plant and Flowers in situ Mt Kinabalu

Photos by G Meyer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name The Spike-Like Dendrochilum [refers to the inflorescences appearance of an ear of wheat]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in the Mt. Kinabalu area of Borneo in upper montane forests at elevations of 2100 to 3700 meters as a small sized, cold growing lithophyte or terrestrial with an abbreviated, branching rhizome giving rise to close set, elongate, fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 3, ovate-elliptic, acute, slowly becoming fibrous cataphyls and carrying a single apical, erect, grasslike, acute leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, erect, arching to pendent, peduncle slender, wiry, 1.8 to 6.4" [4.5 to 16 cm] long, provided with a single, ovate-elliptic, acute bract, rachis quadrangulr, 1 to 2.4" [2.5 to 6 cm] long, salmon pink, densely many flowered inflorescence ovate to ovate-elliptic, acute, salmon pink, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers that do not open well with a faint, sweet, spicy scent.

Synonyms Acoridium stachyodes (Ridl.) Rolfe 1904; *Platyclinis stachyodes Ridl. 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol VI Ames 1920; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 drawing/photos good; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing ok/photo ok; Dendrochilum of Borneo Wood 2001 drawing/photos ok; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011