Dendrophylax lindenii

(Lindley) Bentham ex Rolfe

Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 4: 533. 1888.

Common names: Ghost orchid frog orchid palm-polly Linden’s angurek white butterfly orchid
Basionym: Angraecum lindenii Lindley Gard. Chron. 1846: 135. 1846
Synonyms: Aeranthus lindenii (Lindley) Reichenbach f. Polyradicion lindenii (Lindley) Garay Polyrrhiza lindenii (Lindley) Cogniaux
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 621. Mentioned on page 619.

Plants appressed to substrate, seemingly leafless. Roots gray-green, fascicled, to 50 cm × 3–5 mm. Stems inconspicuous, obscured by roots. Leaves bractlike, inconspicuous, often absent. Inflorescences: peduncles arcuate-ascending, 6–25 cm; bracts tubular, sheathing, 5–7 mm; racemes 1–10-flowered; floral bracts lanceolate, 4 × 3 mm, scarious. Flowers opening in succession, usually 1–2 at a time, nocturnally fragrant; sepals and petals spreading, white to creamy green or pale yellow-brown; dorsal sepal lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, 20–21 × 5–6 mm, apex acute; lateral sepals slightly oblique, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, 25–30 × 4–5.5 mm, apex obtuse to acute; petals falcate-recurved, narrowly lanceolate, 22–27 × 4–4.5 mm, apex acute to acuminate; lip white, basally concave, 3-lobed, middle lobe with subquadrangular isthmus, terminating in 2 arching, twisting, caudate lobes 45–70 mm, apiculate, lateral lobes spreading, 18–25 mm wide when spread, apex obtuse to acute; callus with narrow, denticulate keel; spur arcuate, slender, 11–17 cm; column stout, with 2 triangular wings projecting toward lip, 2–3 × 5 mm diam.; pollinia orange; pedicellate ovary slender, 30 × 1.5 mm. Capsules 6–10 × 0.5 cm.

Phenology: Flowering May–Aug, occasionally as early as Feb.
Habitat: Epiphytic in cypress swamps, wet hammocks
Elevation: 0–20 m


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Lower Taxa

... more about "Dendrophylax lindenii"
James D. Ackerman +
(Lindley) Bentham ex Rolfe +
Angraecum lindenii +
Ghost orchid +, frog orchid +, palm-polly +, Linden’s angurek +  and white butterfly orchid +
Fla. +  and West Indies. +
0–20 m +
Epiphytic in cypress swamps, wet hammocks +
Flowering May–Aug, occasionally as early as Feb. +
Gard. Chron., ser. +
Illustrated +
Aeranthus lindenii +, Polyradicion lindenii +  and Polyrrhiza lindenii +
Dendrophylax lindenii +
Dendrophylax +
species +