Bulbophyllum fuscum Lindl. 1839 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindley 1862 Photos courtesy of Photo courtesy of Guy Ramette-Vovan. and his Gabon Orchids Website

Part shadeWarm CoolWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Brown Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/4" [.65 cm]

Found in Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in woodlands and riverine forests at elevations of 600 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte on lichen covered rocks with .4 to 2.4" [1 to 6 cm] between each, ovoid to ellipsoid, often obscurely 4 angled, light green pseduobulbs carrying 2 apical, elliptic, pale green, stiff, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, widening towards the apex, 10 to many flowered inflorescence with the not wide opening flowers arising on opposite sides of the rachis

Synonyms Bulbophyllum fuscum var. melinostachyum (Schltr.) J.J.Verm. 1986; Bulbophyllum melinostachyum Schltr. 1899; Phyllorchis fusca (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Bulbophyllum obanense Rendle 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 photo/drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing fide

Bulbophyllum fuscum var. melinostachyum (Schltr.) J.J.Verm. 1986

Flower Closeup Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Disitnguished from the type by the larger more triangular bracted, orange flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 as B melinostachyum drawing fide

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