Bulbophyllum gilgianum Kraenzl. 1899 SECTION Gilgiana G A Fischer & J JU Vewrm. in prep

TYPE for the section

Plant and Flowers Photos by P.J.Cribb and The Swiss Orchid Foundation a the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Coldwinter

Common Name ? Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in northern Malawi in montane forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with .6 to 2" [1.5 to 5 cm] between each, ovoid to almost orbicular, slightly flattened, 4 angled pseduobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, thick, elliptic, rounded, emarginate, slightly obique, surface finely and regularly papillose, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a basal, erect to arching, .6 to 3/4" [1.5 to 2.1 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Vol 2 Cribb 1984; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 # 12 1987 photo fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014