Dilochia rigida (Ridl.) J.J.Wood 1993

Photo by Th. Nordhausen and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant and Flowers in situ Mt Kinabalu Borneo

Photo by Copyright Rogier Van Vugt and His PBase Orchid Photo Website

FragrancePartial SunWarmColdWinterSpringSummerfall

Common Name or Meaning The Rigid Dilochia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found only in Borneo in lower to upper mossy, montane forests at elevations of 1300 to 2600 meters as a small to large sized, warm to cold growing, monopodial, terrestrial or epiphytic orchid with a creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to slender, erect, rigid stem enveloped basally by persistent leaf sheaths and carrying disitichous, spreading, linear, basally narrowing, obtuse or minutely unequally bilobed apically, rigid, thick, coriaceous, slightly revolute margins, carinate below leaves that are articulate to the leaf sheaths below that blooms at any time of the year on a terminal, unbranched, pendant to reflexed, 3 to 7 flowered, .4" [1 cm] long, fractiflex inflorescence with broadly ovate, cymbiform, conduplicate, dorsally carinate towards the apex, subacute to acute floral bracts that envelope the pedicel and ovary and carry slightly, sweetly scented flowers

Synonyms Arundina gracilis Ames & C.Schweinf. 1920; *Bromheadia rigida Ridl. 1893; Dilochia gracilis (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Carr 1935

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide; 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