Bulbophyllum comatum Lindl. 1862 SECTION Comata G A Fischer & J J Verm. in prep

TYPE for the section

Inflorescence

Plant and flowers Photos by Simo M. and The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website

Full shade WarmCold Summer Fall

Common Name The Hairy Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Cameroon, Gulf of Guinea Islands and Rwanda in lowland to montane forests at elevations around 450 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with .4" to 1.4" [1 cm to 3.5 cm] between each ovoid to elliptic to orbicular, slightly flattened, 2 to 4 angled pseduobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, thick, broadly oblong to linear, acuminate, not oblique, midrib hardly prominent abaxially, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a pendulous, distinctly swollen towards the apex, glabrous to finely wooly with fine ribbon-like hairs, 1.92" to 5.6" [4.8 to 14 cm] long, 25 to 65 flowered inflorescence with 6 to 8, tubular, acuminate, membraneous, keeled and glabrous abaxially bracts and recurved to spreading, ovate-oblong to broadly linear-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, membraneous, keeled and glabrous abaxially floral bracts with all the flowers arranged in a reticulate pattern.

The featured photos as well as the description are of an example of Bulbophyllum comatum Lindl. 1862 var inflatum

Synonyms Bulbophyllum comatum var. inflatum (Rolfe) J.J.Verm. 1986; Bulbophyllum hirsutissimum Kraenzl. 1914; Bulbophyllum inflatum Rolfe 1891; Bulbophyllum kraenzlinianum De Wild. 1921; Phyllorkis comata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 as B comatum var inflatum photo/drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001 as B imflatum; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015

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