Accepted name: Dendrochilum elegans Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 45(104): 9 (1911)

Subgenus – Platyclinis.
Section – Eurybrachium.






Origin in the Wild




Elevation in the Wild


1200 metres (on Bukit Djarat)


Habitat in the Wild


This species has been collected from Pariaman, Padang Pandjang, Bukit Djarat and Barong Tapan near Mount Kerinci.


The Plants Description


This species has thin rhizomes that branch and grow to 40cm long. The pseudobulbs are spaced 3cm apart along the rhizome. The pseudobulbs are shaped cylindrical and measure 2-3.5cm long and 3-4mm in diameter. The leaves petiolate; the petiole is very short. The leaf blades are shaped elliptic and have apiculate apices. The leaf blades measure 6.5-11cm long and 2.2-4.4cm wide.


Herbarium Specimens


Unknown type material


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K)


Specimen K000078210


Other herbarium specimens




Specimen 98759 (Drawing of type)




I could find no record


Flowering Season


Schlechter’s type specimen at Kew was collected in flower during February.


The Inflorescence


The inflorescence is synanthous. The peduncle measures 4cm long half of which is covered by a sheath, the rachis measures 15cm long.


The Flowers


The flowers open widely. The sepals are shaped lanceolate and have acute to acuminate apices. The sepals measure 4.5mm long. The petals are shaped obliquely ligulate-lanceolate and have acute apices; they are shorter than the sepals. The labellum is 3-lobed; the side lobes are positioned at the base of the labellum and point backwards. The mid-lobe is shaped elliptic-lanceolate with an acute apex. The labellum measures 3mm long and 1.5mm wide. There are 2 calli at the base of the labellum. The column is 1.5mm long. The apical hood is obtusely bilobed. The stelidia grow from near the top of the column and exceed the column apex. The stelidia are shaped linear, falcate.




I do not think this species is in cultivation


Similar species


Dendrochilum acuminatum


Other Information


Schlechter wrote that this species is like Dendrochilum acuminatum




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


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


World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 15 September 2008. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; accessed 15 September 2008.