Accepted name: Dendrochilum taeniophyllum J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, II, 25: 6 (1917)

Subgenus – Dendrochilum








Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


1000-1200 metres


Habitat in the Wild


Jim Comber wrote that this species was collected on the west coast in Bengkulu.


The Plants Description


The rhizomes are shorter than other species of the subgenus Dendrochilum. The rhizomes branch into two many times and bear pseudobulbs spaced 0.8-2cm apart. The pseudobulbs are an oblong-ovoid shape and are pale-green that can turn into a yellow-green colour. The pseudobulbs measure 0.9-1.35cm long and 4-6.5mm in diameter. The leaf blades are shaped narrowly linear and have acute apices. The leaf blades measure 6.5cm long and 5mm wide.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence has very small trichomes. The peduncle measures 0.8-1.6cm long and the rachis 3.5-6cm long. 


The Flowers


Many flowers grow on the inflorescence and they measure 2.5mm across. The flowers are small and white, the tepals are tipped with orange; the labellum is pale green and has a white apex. The tepals are recurved at their apices. The dorsal sepal measures 3.3mm long and 1.2mm wide. The lateral sepals measure 3.4mm long and 0.5mm wide. The petals are shaped narrowly spatulate and falcate. The petals widen and are 0.8mm at their apices. The labellum is entire and is pale green with a white tip. There are three ridges on the labellum, the middle ridge is smaller. The labellum is narrowed at its centre. The column measures 1.75mm long and is curved near the base. The stelidia grow upwards from the middle of the column and do not reach the column apex.


Herbarium Specimens




I could not locate a specimen




National Herbarium Netherlands, (L)


Specimen L0058497 (photo)


Other herbarium specimens


National Herbarium Netherlands, (L)


Specimen L0322770 




Not known


Flowering Season


Flowering plants have been collected in the wild during August.




I do not think that this species is in cultivation


Similar Species


Dendrochilum angustifolium


Additional Comments


J.J Smith wrote that this species has similar leaves to Dendrochilum angustifolium but that species has obtuse leaves and different coloured flowers, the stelidia on D. angustifolium grow from the base of the column.


Reference -


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


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 18 August 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 18 August 2008.