Bulbophyllum bryophilum Hermans 2007 SECTION Pantoblepharon Schlechter 1925 Drawing by © Perrier and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Moss-Like Leaf Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Madagascar in dry forests at unknown elevations as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with lenticular pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate-lanceolate leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a basal, erect, .48" [1.2 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence.

This species has been confused for years because Schlechter in the same year gave this name, B muscicola, to 2 separate orchids, one in New Guinea [now B subpatulum] in the section Macrouris and the other in Madagascar, a super mini-miniature orchid within the section Pantoblepharon. To complicate matters Reichenbach had used the name B musicola to describe an orchid from the Himalayas in 1872 and it is in the section Umbellatae. To fix this Schlechter's Madgascan orchid has been renamed B bryophilum by Herman's in 2007.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum muscicola Schltr., Ann. Mus. Colon. Marseille, sér. 3, 1: 179 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as B muscicola drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 as B bryophilum; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 as B muscicola; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014 as B musicola;

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