Accepted name: Dendrochilum brachyotum Rchb.f., Bonplandia (Hannover) 5: 43 (1857).

Subgenus – Platyclinis. Section – Eurybrachium.






Platyclinis brachyota (Rchb.f.) Hemsl., Gard. Chron., n.s., 16: 656 (1881).

Acoridium brachyotum (Rchb.f.) Rolfe, Orchid Rev.: 220 (1904).


Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


1800 metres


Habitat in the Wild


This species has been collected on Mount Gedeh, Soekaboemi and Gunung Boerangrang.


The Plants Description


The pseudobulbs cluster together along the rhizome and are shaped elliptic-oblong. The pseudobulbs measure 1.5-2.0cm long. The leaves are petiolate; the petiole measures c4.5cm long. The leaf blades are shaped narrowly lanceolate. The blades measure 13-20cm long and 1.25-1.75cm wide.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence is synanthous and appears while the pseudobulbs are young. The inflorescence measures 16-24cm long.


The Flowers


The flowers are pale brownish green (Comber 1990). The sepals and petals are shaped lanceolate and measure c6mm long. The labellum is concave basally and entire. The basal margins are erect. I could not find information about the labellum shape but found a reference to a long drawn out labellum that ends in a long point (Comber 1990), Reichenbach described the labellum as circular basally and triangular at its apex (Reichenbach 1857). There is a crescent shaped thickening (a callus?) at the labellum’s base. The stelidia are small.


Herbarium Specimens




I could not locate the holotype





Other herbarium specimens


National Herbarium Netherlands, Leiden (L)


Specimen L0322417

Specimen L0322418

Specimen L0322419




I could find no record.


Flowering Season


Flowering plants have been collected in the wild during September and November.




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar Species


Dendrochilum ovatum (see this page for the differences)


Other Information


Reichenbach’s original description contains only a few words that do not provide enough for a proper description.


Reference -


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


REICHENBACH.1857, Bonplandia (Hannover) 5: 43


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