Bulbophyllum hirundinis [Gagnep.] Seidenf. 1974 SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861

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Common Name The Swallow Shaped Bulbophyllum - In China Lian Hua Juan Ban Lan

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

This miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphytic species is found in Vietnam and Taiwan on tree trunks in forests at elevations around 500 to 3000 meters with small, grooved, ovate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical elliptic to elongate-elliptic, coriaceous, subacute, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a basal, 2 3/8" [6 cm] long, slender inflorescence that has an apical umbel of several [4 to 10] flowers.

This species needs warm to cool temperaures, a fast draining medium, partial shade, good air movement and ample moisture to grow well.

See also B fimbriperianthium as it is very similar. The main distinction is that B fimriperianthium has a rounded to obtuse dorsal sepal.

See also B electrinum as it is very similar but differs in the pilose, wider sepals

See also B setaceum as it is very similar

Synonyms Bulbophyllum electrinum var. calvum T.P.Lin & W.M.Lin 2009; Bulbophyllum electrinum var. sui T.P.Lin & W.M.Lin 2009; Bulbophyllum hirundinis var pinlinianum Lin & Wang 2014; Bulbophyllum remotifolium (Fukuy.) K.Nakaj. 1973; *Cirrhopetalum hirundinis Gagnep. 1931; Cirrhopetalum remotifolium Fukuy. 1935

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing ok; Native Orchids of Taiwan Lin 1975 drawing fide/photo ok; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as B electrinum var calvum photos fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as B electrinum var sui photos fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as B hirundinis var pinlinianum photos fide;

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