Bulbophyllum echinochilum Kraenzl. 1921 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Plant in situ in Sulawesi

Photos by Peter O'Byrne

Common Name The Hedgehog-Like Lip Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/5" [7mm]

Found In Sulawesi adn the Philippines in moss-forest at around 900 to 1000 meters in elevation as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] between each, small, depressed conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic leaf that blooms on a basal, 8" [20 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer.

Text by Peter O'Byrne

This species (in section Hirtula) was described by Kraenzlin from an incomplete specimen collected in the Philippines sometime between 1910 and 1916. No other specimens have ever been found and it has been assumed to be extinct, until recently, when Peter O'Byrne photographed a plant in full bloom in moss-forest at around 900 to 1000 meters in elevation in central Sulawesi The species is also found in the Philippines.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Gard. Bull. Singapore 54: 129 J J Verm. 2002 drawing fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;