Bulbophyllum fischeri Seidenf. 1974 SECTION Cirrhopetalum

Photo courtesy of Haru and his Bulbophyllum page

Drawing Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website.

Common Name or Meaning Fischer's Bulbophyllum [German Botanist in Russia 1800's]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern India at elevations of 1500 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with small clustered pseudobulbs carrying a single apical leaf and blooms in the spring on a basal, as long as the leaf, 2.8" [7 cm] long, inflorescence carrying an umbell of several to many flowers.

This is a Section Cirrhopetalum plant and there has been much confusion over this species over the years with Bulbophyllum gamblei. If your plant has triangular like flowers instead of the longitudinally stretched flowers of Section Cirrhopetalum then you have Bulbophyllum gamblei [Hkr] Hkr 1890.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum gamblei (Hook.f.) J.J.Sm. 1912; Bulbophyllum thomsoni Hook. f. 1889; Cirrhopetalum gamblei Hook. f. 1896; Cirrhopetalum thomsonii Hooker f. 1890; Phyllorchis hookeri Kuntze 1891 ; Phyllorchis thomsonii (Hook. f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1891 as Cirrhopetalum gamblei drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1891 as Cirrhopetalum thomsonii drawing fide; *Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide to drawing; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum gamblei; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 as Cirrhopetalum gamblei; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 as Cirrhopetalum thomsonii; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 As Cirrhopetalum gamblei; Notes on Cirhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Cirrhopetalum gamblei;

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