Bulbophyllum atrorubens Schltr. 1906 SECTION Brachystachyae Benth. & Hook. f. 1883

Photo by Jean Jacques Villegente

LATE LATE EARLY

Common Name The Dark Purple Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Sulawesi, New Guinea, Moluccas, New Caledonia, Samoa and Vanuatu in mossy montane forests at elevations of 200 to 1400 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, minutely tridenticulate apically, yellow green, gradually narrowing below into the .8" [2 cm] long petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall, late winter and early summer on a basal, erect, clavate, slender, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, densely many [10 to 16] flowered inflorescence carrying the flowers in a dense subglobose head.

CAUTION I am not positive with this identification but it is close.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum globiceps Auct. Thomas & Schuitmann 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Native Orchids of New Caledonia New Caledonian Orchid Society 1995 photo ok; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 photo ok;

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------