Dipodium elegans J.J.Sm. 1900 SECTION Leopardanthus

Side View of Flowers

Lip Detail

TYPE Drawing

Photos by Peter O'Byrne/Drawing by J J Smith and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shadeHot Warm Winter

Common Name The Elegant Dipodium

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Sumatra at elevations up to 900 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing, terrestrial and scrambling herb with erect, monopodial, spiralling, leafy throughout, slighly compressed stems carrying 2 ranked, spreading, close set, strap shaped, tapering to the acute apex, 3 major and 2 monor ribs, canaliculate below into the base leaves with persistent, overlapping, as wide as the leaf base, 5 ribbed, very pale green with a darker colored transverse line across the abscission layer sheaths that blooms in the winter on a lateral, more or less erect, peduncle 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, provided with 2 to 4, large ovate scales, racemose, rachis 2 to 8" [5 to 20 cm] long, to 5.6 to 12.8" [14 to 32 cm] long overall, 8 to 23 flowered inflorescence with tighly clasping, triangular, light green much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying loosely arranged, outward facing flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 12 O'Byrne 2013; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 19 2017 drawing fide;