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

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Platyclinis.


 
 

Synonyms

 

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

 

Holotype

 

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

 

Scent

 

Yes a sweet scent.

 

Flowering Season

 

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

 

Culture

 

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.

 

Reference

 

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; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/ accessed 17 November 2008.