Dendrobium metachilinum Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Conostalix

Photo by E. Irawan Sugiartono

View from Beneath flower

Photo by Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page


Common Name The Large Column Foot Dendrobium

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] wide

Found in Thailand and Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sarawak in lowland forests near streams in the tops of tall trees at elevations of 200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout rooting, erect to pendent, clustered, simple stems that run along the ground and then become erect, somewhat tapering and deeply grooved when dry and carry 11 to 13, linear to narrowly oblong, stiffly spreading, unequally obtusely to acutely bilobed, glabrous leaves that are found on the apical portion of the stem, all blooming in the late spring on, often many more than one, very short to 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, , 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence carrying usually non resupinate flowers with ovate, acute, concave floral bracts.

Synonyms Callista metachilina (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium rorulentum Teijsm. & Binn. 1866; Distichorchis metachilina (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Materials For a Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Part 1 Ridley 1907; Orchidaceae Monandre-Dendrobiinae Fr. Kraenzlin 1910; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1953; Opera Botanica #83 Orchid Genera in Thailand XII Dendrobium Sw. Seidenfaden 1985 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 2001 Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 2010; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2013 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide