Accepted name: Dendrochilum vaginatum J.J.Sm., Recueil Trav. Bot. Néerl. 1: 61 (1904)

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Eurybrachium.

This drawing is by J.J. Smith and is from his Orchids of Java





Origin in the Wild


Java and Sumatra


Elevation in the Wild


1520 metres (Sumatra)

1346 metres (Java)


Habitat in the Wild


This species can be found in Java on Mount Karang and Mount Palosari and has been collected along the Merek to Sidikalang road in Northern Sumatra.


The Plants Description


The pendent and branching rhizomes can measure up to 35cm long and 3.5mm in diameter. The rhizomes are covered with brown sheaths. The pseudobulbs are spaced 5-8cm apart and are shaped terete. The pseudobulbs measure 3-3.5cm long and 3.5mm in diameter. The leaves are petiolate, the petiole measures 1cm long. The leaf blades are shaped ovate-lanceolate and have acute apices. The leaf blades measure 13-15cm long and 2.5cm wide.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence emerges from fully developed pseudobulbs. The peduncle measures 6cm long. The rachis measures 16cm long and is curved or nodding. The flowers are spaced 2-2.25mm apart.


The Flowers


The inflorescence has approximately 30 flowers on it. The sepals and petals spread widely. The sepals measure 4mm long and the petals measure 3.5mm long. The sepals and petals are shaped lanceolate and have acute apices. The labellum is 3-lobed and measures 3.2mm long and 1.75mm wide. The side lobes are indistinct, shaped triangular and have tooth like apices. Each side lobe has a smaller tooth above it. The mid-lobe is shaped ovate-rhomboid and has an acuminate apex. The labellum has erose margins. There are two small basal ridges. The column measures 1mm long. The apical hood is short and arching and has a five-dentate wing. The stelidia are broad, short and grow from the base of the column. The stelidia do not reach the column apex.


Herbarium Specimens




National Herbarium Netherlands, Leiden (L)


Specimen L0058487 (photo)

Specimen L0058488 (photo)

Specimen L0058489 (photo)

Specimen L0058490 (photo)



Other herbarium specimens


Kew Botanical Garden (K)


Specimen K000079158 (mixed sheet with Dendrochilum cornutum)




I could find no record


Flowering Season


Flowering plants have been collected in the wild during October.




I do not think this species is in cultivation.


Similar species


Dendrochilum incurvibrachium (see this page for the differences)

Dendrochilum teleense (see this page for the differences)


Other Information


Jim Comber wrote that this species was collected on Gunung Pulosari in western Java and not collected again. At least during 1990 there was forest remaining there and Comber suggested that the plant should be looked for again and on Gunung Karang (Comber 1990).


Reference -


COMBER, J.B. Orchids of Java, 1990, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK


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


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 24 September 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 24 September 2008.