Bulbophyllum cocoinum Bateman ex Lindl. 1837 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Inflorescence and Flowers Photo courtesy of Gerardus B. Staal and his Hybrid Flask Page

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Common Name or Meaning The Coconut Bulbophyllum [refers to the scent of the flowers]

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Angola and Uganda in lowland and montane rainforests at elevations around 400 to 2000 meters as a small sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, cylindrical-conical, to conical, slightly angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, slightly coriaceous, narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, acute to acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a basal, 6 to 15.2" [15 to 38 cm] long, gracefully arching, terete, densely flowered inflorescence arising in the fall that is longer than the leaves and carries several to many coconut scented flowers.

Lourens photo was sent in as B vitiense.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum andongense Rchb.f 1865; Bulbophyllum brevidenticulatum De Wildeman 1916; Bulbophyllum coriscense Rchb.f. 1881; Bulbophyllum vitiense Rolfe 1893; Phyllorkis coriscensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1981 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 Schlechter/Brieger 1983; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 as B coriscense drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing good/photo not

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