Accepted name: Dendrochilum lamellatum J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, III, 5: 51 (1922)

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Eurybrachium.






Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


1,700 metres


Habitat in the Wild


This plant has been collected from Mount Singgalang in West Sumatra


The Plants Description


The rhizome is long and has imbricate bracts on it. The pseudobulbs are spaced 2.7cm apart. The pseudobulbs are shaped terete and measure up to 7cm long and 6mm in diameter. The leaves are petiolate, the petiole measures 1.3cm long. The leaf blades are shaped linear-lanceolate and have acute apices. The leaf blades measure approximately 16cm long and approximately 1.7cm wide.


Herbarium Specimens


I could find no online specimens




I could find no record.


Flowering Season


I could find no record.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence is synanthous. The peduncle is curved to nodding and measures 11.5cm long. The rachis has a twisted axis and measures 11.5cm long. The flowers are spaced 3mm apart.


The Flowers


The rachis is densely flowered. The flowers spread widely and measure 8mm across. The sepals and petals are light brown getting darker towards the apices. The column is greenish-brown. The dorsal sepal is shaped broadly ovate and has an obtuse apex. The lateral sepals are shaped oblique and have obtuse apices. The sepals measure 5mm long and 3.8mm wide. The petals are shaped oblong and have rounded apices. The petals measure 4.25mm long and 3mm wide. The petals have erose margins.


I have no information about the labellum. I have not yet secured J.J. Smith’s original description.




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar Species


Dendrochilum karoense (see this page for the differences)


Other Information


J.J Smith wrote that this species is related to Dendrochilum fuscescens but differs from its almost entire labellum and unusual appendages.




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


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 01 October 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 01 October 2008.