Dendrobium xiphophyllum Schltr. 1911 SECTION Aporum

Plant and Flower

Photos by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Hernaria Website

Chaffy bracts and Side View of Flowers

Photo by Chan Chew Lun

Common Name The Sword-Like Dendrobium [refers to the laterally compressed leaves]

Flower Size .26" [7 cm]

Found in Kalimantan Borneo in hill forests at elevations of 550 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a simple, erect to pendent, strongly complanate, leafy throughout stem enveloped completely by imbricate leaf bearing sheaths and carrying distichous, equitant, obliquely oblong-elliptic, acute, laterally flattened, fleshy leaves that blooms on a subterminal, short, arising through chaffy bracts soon becoming fibrous, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Aporum xiphophyllum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 as D aff xiphophyllum; Orchid Species Culture, Dendrobium Bakers 1996; The Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 2001; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 6 2010; Dendrobium of Borneo Wood 2014 photo/drawing fide