Bulbophyllum cheiropetalum Ridl.1926 SECTION Epicrianthes Photo courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Hand Shaped Petal Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Borneo, New Caledonia and Sumatra at elevations of 1000 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a pendulous rhizome with .6" [1.5 cm] between each basally adnate to the rhizome, curving towards the apex, pale green, suffused with brown pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-elliptic, acuminate, acute, thick, fleshy, dark green flushed with brown on the bottom leaf that blooms on a fascile arising from the nodes of the rhizome, single flowered, pale green, minutely scaly, .1" [2.75 mm] long inflorescence with tubular, apically broader, keeled floral bracts and carrying the spreading and fleshy flowers close to the pseudobulb.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum manipetalum J.J.Sm. 1934; Epicranthes cheiropetalum (Ridl.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1986;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia & Singapore Woods & Seidenfadden 1992 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide

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