Accepted name: Dendrochilum alboviride J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, III, 5: 29 (1922)

Subgenus – Dendrochilum

 

 

 

Synonyms

 

None

 

Origin in the Wild

 

Sumatra

 

Elevation in the Wild

 

I could find no record of this species elevation.

 

Habitat in the Wild

 

Collected from Mount Dempo in Southern Sumatra.

 

The Plants Description

 

The inflorescence is long and branching and a pale yellow-green colour. The pseudobulbs are spaced 3-7cm apart along the rhizome. The pseudobulbs are shaped oblong. The pseudobulbs measure 1.5-3.0cm long and 5.0-8.5mm in diameter. The leaves are shaped lanceolate, with apiculate apices. The leaves are narrowed at their bases. The leaf blades measure 9.5-11.0cm long and 1.5-2.25cm wide.

 

The Inflorescence

 

The peduncle measures 8-11mm long and the rachis measures 6.0-9.5cm long. The flowers alternate and are spaced 2mm apart. There are several non-floriferous bracts at the base of the rachis, the bracts appear imbricate.

 

The Flowers

 

The flowers are yellowish-white and measure 4mm across. The column is white. The dorsal sepal is shaped oblong with an obtuse and incurved apex. The dorsal sepal measures 3.7mm long and 1.0mm wide. The lateral sepals are shaped obliquely oblong and almost falcate with obtuse apices. The lateral sepals are recurved above their bases. The lateral sepals measure 3.0mm long and 1.1mm wide. The petals are erect and parallel to the column, shaped spathulate and falcate. The petals measure 2.8mm long and 0.375mm wide. The labellum is entire and recurved, the labellum narrows in its middle and is widest at its base. There are two keels running most of the length of the labellum. The column measures 1.5mm long. The stelidia grow from above the middle of the column and do not reach the apical hood.

 

Scent

 

Jim Comber mentioned that this species is scented (Comber 2001).

 

Flowering Season

 

I could find no records.

  

Culture

 

I do not think this species is in cultivation.

 

Similar species

 

Dendrochilum panduratum

Dendrochilum pallidiflavens

 

Additional Comments

 

I have found information on this species hard to find. Jim Comber wrote that this species is close to Dendrochilum panduratum but has broader leaves, semi-orbicular bracts and the lip is broader at its base not the apex. It is similar to Dendrochilum pallidiflavens.

 

Reference -

 

COMBER, J.B. Orchids of Sumatra, 2001, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

 

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 24 August 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/ accessed 24 August 2008.