Accepted name: Dendrochilum lepidum Ridl., J. Malayan Branch Roy. Asiat. Soc. 1: 96 (1923)

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Eurybrachium.


 
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This photo was taken by Peter O'Byrne and is reproduced courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium, Jany Renz. http://orchid.unibas.ch

This photo was taken by Peter O'Byrne and is reproduced courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium, Jany Renz. http://orchid.unibas.ch
 
 

Synonyms

 

None

 

Origin in the Wild

 

Sumatra

 

Elevation in the Wild

 

I could find no record.

 

Habitat in the Wild

 

This plant has been collected near Berastagi in North Sumatra. The photos taken by Peter O'Byrne were taken at Utara in the Barisan Range.

 

The Plants Description

 

The rhizome is long and has internodes of 2.5cm and pseudobulbs spaced 5cm apart. The pseudobulbs are shaped cylindrical and are swollen basally. The pseudobulbs measure 2.5cm long and 5mm in diameter. The leaves are petiolate; the petiole measures 1.5cm long. The leaf blades are shaped oblong-lanceolate and have acuminate apices. The leaf blades measure 15cm long and 2.8cm wide.

 

The Inflorescence

 

Overall the inflorescence measures up to 25cm long including a peduncle of 10cm.

 

The Flowers

 

The flowers measure 3.8mm across and are greenish-white. The sepals and petals are shaped lanceolate and have acuminate or acute apices. The labellum is 3-lobed; the side lobes are erect and grow from the base of the labellum. The mid-lobe is long and tongue shaped with an acuminate apex. There are 2 calli located at the base between the side lobes. The column is short and has a large truncate apical hood. The stelidia grow from half way up the column and exceed the apical hood.

 

Herbarium Specimens

 

Unknown type material

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (K)

 

Specimen K000078214 (photo)

 

Scent

 

I could find no record

 

Flowering Season

 

Ridley's specimen at Kew was collected in flower during February

 

Culture

 

I do not think this species is in cultivation.

 

Similar Species

 

NA

 

Additional Information

 

No other information

 

Reference -

 

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

 

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 20 September 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/ accessed 20 September 2008.