Dimorphorchis rossii Fowlie 1989 - Upper Flower Form

White and Spotted Lower or apical Flower Form Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Plant Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and Vortex Orchids


Common Name Ross' Dimorphorchis [American Orchid Enthusiast late 1900's and Co-discoverer of species]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Sabah in riverine and lower montane forests on the eastern slopes of Mt Kinabalu at elevations around 300 to 1200 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte. This plant has two flower forms on the same inflorescence, the upper, orange flower is fragrant while the lower yellow flower is not. The plant is similar to Vanda and the inflorescence arises from the leaf axils and is pendant, laxly few to several flowered and to 3' [90 cm] long.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 11 2004 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 3 2008 photo; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 2 2008 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; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide