Dipodium paludosum (Griff.) Rchb. f. 1862 SECTION Leopardanthus

Photo by Melanie Schori


Common Name The Pale Dipodium

Flower Size .84 to 1.48" [2.1 to 3.7 cm]

Found in Malaya, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippines in swamplands, inundated grasslands and heath forests at elevations of 150 to 1000 meters as a free standing, large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial or climbing/scrambling herb in lowland grasslands with basal roots giving rise to an slightly swollen, slightly compressed, leafy throughout to half leafy stem bearing many, imbricate, 3 to 5 rib, strap-shaped, conduplicate to folded, gradually narrowed from the base to the acute apex leaves that are basally clasping and articulate to the stem that blooms in the late spring, summer and early fall on a longer than the leaves, rarely with 2 short branches in the middle, peduncle 6 to 20" [15 to 50 cm] long, provided with several, green brown scales, rachis cylindrica, 1.2 to 10.4" [3 to 26 cm] long, 6 to 28 flowered inflorescence with clasping, ovate-oblong, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying sometimes fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Grammatophyllum affine Griff. 1851; *Grammatophyllum paludosum Griff. 1851; Wailesia paludosa (Griff.) Rchb.f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Wailesia paludosa; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Opera Botanica #72 Orchid Genera in Thailand XI Cymbidiaeae Seidenfaden 1983 drawing fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo ok; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo good; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 12 O'Byrne 2013 photos fide;