Accepted name: Dendrochilum krauseanum Schltr., Orchis 4: 106 (1910)

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Platyclinis.






Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


1600 metres


Habitat in the Wild


It is not known exactly where this species was collected from although it is known that this species was collected from the Tapanuli area.


The Plants Description


The pseudobulbs cluster on a short rhizome and are shaped narrowly ovoid or terete. The pseudobulbs measure 4cm long and 1.2cm in diameter. The leaves are petiolate. The leaf blades are shaped narrowly lanceolate and have subacute apices. The leaf blades measure 9cm long and 1.5cm wide.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence is synanthous and grows at the same time as the leaves. The inflorescence measures 24cm long and is curved and nodding. The flowers alternate distichously.


The Flowers


The dorsal sepal is shaped lanceolate and has an acuminate apex. The dorsal sepal measures 8mm long. The lateral sepals are shaped oblique-lanceolate and have acuminate apices. The lateral sepals measure 8mm long. The petals are shaped obliquely narrowly lanceolate and have acute apices. The petals measure 8mm long. The labellum is 3-lobed. The side lobes are shaped linear and have acute apices, the upper margins are dentate. The mid-lobe is clawed basally, shaped broadly ovate and has an apiculate apex. There are 2 keels that emerge from the base and terminate half way along the labellum. The column measures 4mm long. The apical hood has a truncate apex with a dentate margin. The stelidia grow from the middle of the column and are equal to the column apex. The stelidia are shaped linear-falcate.


Herbarium Specimens




I could not locate the specimen


Other herbarium specimens




Specimen 98775 (drawing of the type)


Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (K)


Specimen 56043.000




I could find no record


Flowering Season


Flowering specimens were collected in the wild during January and September.




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar Species


Dendrochilum longifolium

Dendrochilum megalanthum


Other Information


J.J. Smith wrote that this species is similar to Dendrochilum longifolium but differs because it has dentate margins on the side lobes and the shape of the side lobe is distinct.




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


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 25 November 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 25 November 2008.