Accepted name: Dendrochilum odoratum (Ridl.) J.J.Sm., Recueil Trav. Bot. Néerl. 1: 80 (1904)

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Platyclinis.




Platyclinis odorata Ridl., J. Straits Branch Roy. Asiat. Soc. 39: 72 (1870).


Origin in the Wild


Sumatra and Peninsula Malaysia


Elevation in the Wild


1520 metres in Sumatra


Habitat in the Wild


In Sumatra this species was collected by Carr along the Merek to Sidikalang Road.


On Peninsula Malaysia this species has been collected from Fraser’s Hill in Pahang and within the Cameron Highlands.


The Plants Description


The pseudobulbs are shaped cylindrical and measure 6.25-7.5cm long. The leaves are petiolate; the petiole measures 5cm long. The leaf blades are shaped lanceolate and have more or less acute apices. The leaf blades measure 22.5cm long and 1.9cm wide.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence is nodding and measures 30cm long.


The Flowers


The flowers are greenish-white. The sepals and petals are shaped lanceolate and have acuminate to acute apices. The sepals and petals measure 5.5-7.5mm long. The labellum is entire, recurved and minutely pubescent. The labellum is tongue shaped and has an obtuse apex. There are 2 keels that run the length of the labellum. The column measures 2mm long. The apical hood’s apex is dentate or deeply cleft. The stelidia emerge from just below the middle of the column and do not quite reach the apex.


Herbarium Specimens




I could not locate the specimen



Other herbarium specimens


National Herbarium Netherlands


Specimen L0269675


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K)


Specimen 23126.000

Specimen 37591.000

Specimen 20287.000




Yes a sweet scent.


Flowering Season


Flowering plants have been collected in Peninsula Malaysia during April and June.




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar Species


Dendrochilum simile

Dendrochilum arachnites

Dendrochilum duplicibrachium (see this page for differences)

Dendrochilum stenochilum

Dendrochilum planiscapum

Dendrochilum beccarii


Other Information


No further information at this stage.




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


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 17 November 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 17 November 2008.