Accepted name: Dendrochilum wichersii Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 45(104): 8 (1911)   

Subgenus – Dendrochilum






Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


850 metres


Habitat in the Wild


This herbarium specimen in Kew was collected in forest near Padang Panjung in Western Sumatra.


The Plants Description


The rhizomes are long and creeping, Jim Comber wrote that this species hangs down from tree branches (Comber 2001). The pseudobulbs are cylindrical and measure 2-3cm long and 0.5-0.7cm in diameter. The pseudobulbs are narrower at their apex. The leaves are shaped elliptic-lanceolate and have very short petioles; the leaves measure 10-12.5cm long and 1.3-2.3cm wide.


The Inflorescence


The flowers grow all the way from the base of the inflorescence. The inflorescence measures 9-17cm long


The Flowers


The flowers are yellow and open widely. The sepals are shaped narrowly oblong and have subacute apices. The sepals measure 5mm long. The petals are shorter than the sepals and are shaped  linear-spathulate and falcate. The labellum is entire, shaped oblong and ahs an obtuse apex; the labellum is wider at its apex. The column measure 2mm long. The stelidia grow from near the apex and curve inwards, the stelidia are longer than the column.


Herbaria Specimens




I could not locate the specimen







Specimen 98814 (photo)

Specimen 98816 (photo)

Specimen 98815 (photo)


Unknown type material


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K)


Specimen K000078172 (photo)



Other herbarium specimens


National Herbarium Netherlands (L)


Specimen L0322816




Specimen 98817 (photo)




Not known


Flowering Season


The plant that Schlechter described was flowering in the wild during January.




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar species


Dendrochilum panduratum

Dendrochilum sulfureum

Dendrochilum pallidiflavens


Additional Comments


Schlechter wrote that this species is easily identified from others in subgenus Dendrochilum by the long stelidia that exceed the column apex.


Reference -


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


SCHLECHTER, R. 1911, Beiträge zur Kenntis der Orchideen Flora von Sumatra, Botanishe Jahrbücher fur Systematik Pflanzengeshicte und Pflanzengeograhie, number 104 page 1-61


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.