Accepted name: Dendrochilum brevilabre Ridl., J. Malayan Branch Roy. Asiat. Soc. 1: 96 (1923)

Subgenus – Dendrochilum

 

 

This photo was taken by the late Jim Comber and bequeathed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The photo is reproduced with permission from the Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This photo was taken by the late Jim Comber and bequeathed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The photo is reproduced with permission from the Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

 

Synonyms

 

None

 

Origin in the Wild

 

Sumatra

 

Elevation in the Wild

 

Not recorded

 

Habitat in the Wild

 

This species was collected in forest near Berastagi from Northern Sumatra

 

The Plants Description

 

The rhizome grows to 30cm long and has many sheaths. The cylindrical shaped pseudobulbs are yellow and grow to 5cm long. The leaf blades are shaped elliptic-lanceolate. The leaves measure approximately 15cm long and 3.2cm wide

 

The Inflorescence

 

The inflorescence measures approximately 15cm long. The peduncle is very short.

 

The Flowers

 

I could not find any information about the colour of the flower. The sepals are shaped acuminate and measure up to 3.5mm long. The petals measure up to 2.5mm long. The labellum is short and shaped broadly obovate with a truncate apex. There are two keels that run the length of the labellum; the keels become raised nerves toward the apex of the labellum. The column is short and the stelidia grow from the top of the column and equal the column apex.

 

Herbarium Specimens

 

Holotype

 

I could not locate the specimen

 

Isotype

 

Kew Botanical Gardens (K)

 

Specimen K000078149

 

Scent

 

I could find no record.

 

Flowering Season

 

The Kew specimen was collected during February.

 

Culture

 

I do not think this species is in cultivation.

 

Similar Species

 

Dendrochilum pallidiflavens

 

Additional Comments

 

Jim Comber wrote that this species is close to Dendrochilum pallidiflavens but differs by having smaller flowers a broadly ovate labellum and narrower stelidia.

 

Reference -

 

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

 

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 24 August 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/ accessed 24 August 2008.