Bulbophyllum cochleatum Lindl. 1862 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindley 1862

Another Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photos by Hermanm Sweet Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives


Inflorescence Photos by Bob Campbell and the Orchids of Kenya


Common Name The Ear-Like Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/4" [1 cm]

Found in Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia at elevations around 900 to 2200 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome and 1 to 1 1/2" apart, cylindrical, tapering slightly from base, yellow green with purple spotted pseudobulbs enveloped basally by sheaths carrying 2 apical, leathery, suberect, linear, apically rounded, leaves that blooms in the spring through summer on an 8" [20 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with bracts and flowers in two rows all facing the same direction

Synonyms Bulbophyllum bequaertii De Wildeman 1921; Bulbophyllum cochleatum var bequaertii [De Wildeman] J.J.Vermeullen 1986; Bulbophyllum cochleatum var. brachyanthum (Summerh.) J.J.Verm. 1986; Bulbophyllum cochleatum var. gravidum (Lindl.) J.J.Verm. 1986; Bulbophyllum cochleatum var. tenuicaule (Lindl.) J.J.Verm. 1986; Bulbophyllum gravidum Lindl. 1862; Bulbophyllum mannii Hkr 1864; Bulbophyllum monticola Hook.f. 1864; Bulbophyllum tenuicaule Lindl. 1861; Bulbophyllum thomense Summerh. 1937; Phyllorkis gravida (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorkis mannii (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorkis tenuicaulis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as B becquaertii; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 B becquaertii var brachyantha; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 8 1970 photo; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae 1983 photo fide; Orchids of Malawi La Croix 1983 drawing good; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983 as B gravidum; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 as B bequaertii; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 photo/drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stwart & Campbell 1996 as B bequaertii photo fide; Orchids of Africa in the wild and cultivation La Croix 1997; African Orchids In Cultivation and The Wild La Croix 1997 as B cochleatum var gravidum; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as B bequaertii; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014 photo fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing/photo fide