Dendrobium spathipetalum J.J.Sm. 1914 SECTION Conostalix

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Dikara Orchids and their Flickr Orchid Website

Common Name The Spathulate Petals Dendrobium

Flower Size .7" [1.8 cm]

Found only in Kalimantan and Sabah Borneo as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with clustered, erect to spreading becoming pendulous, 8 grooved, simple, flexuous stems with the upper part leafless and carrying many, uppermost smallest, narrowly elliptic to oblong-triangular, erect spreading, concave, recurved, not basally twisted, unequally bidentate apically leaves that blooms on a short to .24 to .64" [6 to 1.5 cm] long, fractiflex, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising on leafy and leafless canes and carrying non-fragrant flowers

"Similar in habit to D metachilinium but differs in the lip with a more pronounced free apical portion and an ecallose disc." J J Wood 2014

Synonyms Distichorchis spathipetala (J.J.Sm.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Species Culture Dendrobium Bakers 1996; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 2010; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide