Dendrobium pachyanthum Schltr. 1911 SECTION Distichophyllae

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers

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Common Name The Broad Flowered Dendrobium

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, erect, simple, cylindrical, longitudinally grooved and somewhat curved, densely leafy canes carrying many, oblong, smooth, leathery, distichous, obtuse to shortly obtusely bilobed to slightly obliquely acute leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a short, axillary, single flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute to acuminate floral bracts.

Distinguished from others by the pandurate-flabellate lip with a large, gently undulating mid-lobe as well as the non-papillose disc bearing three slightly raised, orange to red nerves. The anther cap is also orange to red.

Synonyms Distichorchis pachyantha (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1985; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; The Dendrobiums H. P. Wood 2006; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 10 2012 photo fide; A Guide to the Dendrobium of Borneo J JU Wood 2013 photo fide; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide