Accepted name: Dendrochilum polluciferum J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, III, 2: 29 (1920)

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Platyclinis.






Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


Not known


Habitat in the Wild


This species has been collected on Mount Dempo.


The Plants Description


The pseudobulbs cluster together along short, creeping and branching rhizomes. The pseudobulbs measure 8cm long and 1.1cm in diameter. The leaves are petiolate; the petiole measures 1-1.5cm long. The leaf blades are shaped lanceolate and have acute to apiculate apices. The leaf blades measure 12-15cm long and 1.85-2.1cm wide.


The Inflorescence


The peduncle measures 3.5-6cm long. The rachis measures 14.5cm long. The flowers are spaced 3.5mm apart. The floral bracts measure up to 1.2cm long and are shaped oblong-elliptic.


The Flowers


The flowers are pale yellowish-green, the column is pale green. The dorsal sepal is shaped oblong-ovate and has an acute apex. The dorsal sepal is concave, incurved and measures 5.2mm long and 2.3mm wide. The lateral sepals are shaped obliquely oblong-ovate and are keeled on their underside. The petals measure 4.2mm long and 2mm wide. The labellum is 3-lobed. The side lobes are shaped triangular and have acute apices; the side lobes measure 0.4mm long. The mid-lobe is rounded and has a rounded apex that is recurved. The labellum measures 3.6mm long and 2mm wide, the base of the mid-lobe is narrower. There are three keels on the disc. The column is slightly curved and measures 2.6mm long. The apical hood is a square shape and has a truncate apex; its margin is seven dentate. The stelidia grow from the middle of the column and do not reach the column apex. The stelidia are shaped lanceolate and have acute apices; there is a tooth on their upper margins.


Herbarium Specimens


I could not locate any specimens






Flowering Season


I could find no record.




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar Species


Dendrochilum sumatranum

Dendrochilum longibracteatum


Other Information


J.J. Smith compared this species with the two species mentioned above; this species differs from them because its stelidia grow from the middle of the column and do not reach the column apex and has larger flowers.




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


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 04 December 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 04 December 2008.