Bulbophyllum bracteolatum Lindl. 1838 SECTION Bulbophyllaria [Rchb.f] Griseb 1864TYPE for the section Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Inflorescence Photo by Jardin Soloy

Common Name The Small Bract Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found from French Guiana, Surinam, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with deeply ridged, narrowly ovoid-conical, strongly tetragon, slightly oblique pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few sheaths and carrying 2, apical, rigid, strongly coriaceous, patent, slightly recurved in the apical half, slightly concave to sub-planeate, narrowly oblong, obtuse, gradually narrows below into the short, petiolate base leaf and blooms on a terete becoming swollen towards the apex, erect then arching, 12" [30 cm] long, laxly, many flowered inflorescence enveloped below by submembraneous, distant, obtuse, tubular bracts.

Synonyms Bolbophyllaria bracteolata (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1852; Bolbophyllaria sordida Rchb.f 1861; Phyllorchis bracteolata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis pachyrhyncha A.Rich. ex Benth.1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970; Orchids of Venezuela: An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 Schlechter/Brieger 1983; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret, Mynik-Ejsmont, Sawicka, Ruthkowski and Baranow 2012 photo/drawing fide

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