Dendrochilum cobbianum Rchb.f 1880 SUBGENUS Platyclinis SECTION Platyclinis [Benth.] Pfitzer

Photo by Patricia Harding

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

Specimen Plant

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Common Name Cobb's Dendrochilum [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4" at most [to 1.9 cm]

An epiphytic, small sized, cool growing, Philippine species occuring, on mossy tree trunks or as a lithophyte on rocks in full sun, at elevations above 1200 meters with clustered, narrowly conical, yellowish pseudobulbs carrying, a single, apical, oblong-lanceolate, acute, petiolate leaf with a prominent mid rib that blooms in the spring and fall with a sharply pendant, 20" [50 cm] long, ovate bracteate inflorescence with ovate, subacute, glumaceous bracts and many fragrant vanilla scented flowers.

Synonyms Acoridium cobbianum [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1904; Dendrobium cobbianum Rchb.f 1881; Platyclinis cobbiana [Rchb.f]Hemsley 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 2 Ames 1908 drawing fide; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 5 Ames 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #4 1975 photo good; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 photo ok; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as D aff cobbianum; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; The Orchids of The Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 2 2005 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 2 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 5 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 1 2019 photo fide;

Dendrochilum cobbianum Rchb.f 1880 var alba Photo courtesy of Dale Borders

A white color form of the previous species.