Bulbophyllum comberpictum J J Verm 2002 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Photo by Roland Amsler

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Takao Ishii and His Orchid Photo Pages Copyright

Part Shade

Common Name The Colored Comber Bulbophyllum [refers to James Comber discoverer of the species and the colorful flower]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Sarawak and Sabah Borneo in podzolic forests and in steep, densely forested ravines at elevations of 800 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, ovate-conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic, obtuse to acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect to patent, peduncle 3.8 to 7.4" [9.5 to 18.5 cm] long, provided with 4 scales, rachis arching to somewhat nodding, not thickened, [1 to 5.4" [2.5 to 13.5 cm] long, glabrous, elongated, rather dense, racemose, simultaneously several, 9 to 31 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

B comberpictum was put forward by Vermulen as a separate species predicated on the vertical longer ridge on the adaxial side of the lip as well as a denser raceme and longer pedicels.

"Similar to Bulbophyllum jolandae but distinct because of its much denser inflorescence with much smaller flowers on shorter pedicels. The lip has a more distinct and distinctly longer median ridge (reaching up to 4/5 of the length of the lip), and distinctly woolly rather than straight hairs." J J Vermeulen 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Gard. Bull. Singapore 54: 146 J J Verm. 2002 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm., P O'Byrne and A Lamb 2015 photo/drawing fide