Accepted name: Dendrochilum oxyglossum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 9: 162 (1911).

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Platyclinis.






Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


Not known


Habitat in the Wild


Schlechter described this species as “Without precise location” (Schlechter 1911)


The Plants Description


The plant averages a height of 20cm. The particulars of the rhizomes and pseudobulbs are unknown. The leaf blades are shaped linear-lanceolate and have obtuse apices. The leaf blades measure 13cm long and 0.9cm wide.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence is synanthous and measures 7cm long. The rachis is pendent. The flowers alternate distichously.


The Flowers


The flowers are small and the ovary is distinctive (Schlechter 1911). The dorsal sepal is shaped lanceolate and has an acute apex. The dorsal sepal measures 5mm. The lateral sepals are shaped obliquely lanceolate and have acute apices. The petals are shaped similar to the sepals but are smaller and narrower. The labellum is entire and glabrous. The labellum measures 4mm long and 2.5 mm wide. The labellum is shaped widely ovate and has an acuminate apex.  There are two small parallel keels that separate into two halves further down. The column is short and narrow. The apical hood is shaped squared and has a minutely dentate margin. The stelidia curve upwards and are shaped triangular and falcate. The column foot is short.


Herbarium Specimens




I could not locate the specimen



Other herbarium specimens




Specimen 98787 (drawing of the type)




I could find no record


Flowering Season


I could find no record




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar Species


Dendrochilum simile


Other Information


Schlechter wrote that the flowers are similar to Dendrochilum simile and are almost the same size (Schlechter 1911). Schlechter went on to write that it is possible that this species is potentially a peloric form of Dendrochilum simile, Schlechter did not go as far as to make this a synonym of Dendrochilum simile due to the distinguishable shaped labellum (Schlechter 1911)




SCHLECHTER, R. 1911, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 9: page 162


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 25 August 2009. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 25 August 2009.