Dipodium pictum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862

SECTION Leopardanthus

Drawing by Peter O'Byrne

Another Flower NOT!

Photo by J B Comber


Photo by J Meijvogel, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Plant and Inflorescence???

Photo by Peter Maxwell

Common Name The Painted Dipodium

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Java, Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippines in lowlands, hill and montane forests at elevations of 300 to 1100 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial with an elongate stem rooting at any point and sometimes making keikis below with imbricating, basally clasping, closely 2 ranked, blades turned outwards, entirely conduplicate leaves that blooms in the summer on an axillary, to 12 to 18" [30 to 45 cm +] long, 10 to 30 flowered, racemose inflorescence.

CAUTION Peter O'Byrne in his taxonomic revision of Dipodium sect Leopardantus [2017] states that "D pictum is known only from the holotype and an unpublished undated drawing by J J Smith held at Leiden. The species appears to have vanished after Lobb collected it in the 1830's or early 1840's. All other photos and herbarium materiel are not this species. The real D pictum is best identified by small flowers, a lip with extremely short triangular sidelobes, one basal callus, ridges on the disc arising at the base of the midlobe [not at the callus], midlobe broadly obovate with an indistinct nose, and an unbeaked anther cap".

That being said the photos above are not this species! The drawing is absolutely correct!!!!!

Synonyms *Wailesia picta Lindl. 1849

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Wailesa picta sic; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 draing fide; Flora Of Malaya Vol 1 Orchids Holttum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo not; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing not; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photo not; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo not; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo not; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Lowland Orchids Of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo not; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo not; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo not; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 12 O'Byrne 2013; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 19 2017 drawing fide