Bulbophyllum intertextum Lindl. 1862 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862



Photos by Bart Wursten

Common Name The Braided Bulbophyllum [refers to the dense mats the plant can form]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm] long

Found in Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Seychelles Islands in evergreen forests on mossy tree branches at elevations of 300 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with .4" to .8" [1 to 2 cm] between each translucent-yellow, glossy green or red tinged, ovoid to orbicular, clustered pseudobulbs carrying and single, ellipic, obtuse, abruptly narrows below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms on a 2 to 3" + [ 5 to 7.5 cm] long, erect, basal, laxly few to several flowered, thin and wiry inflorescence.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum amauryae Rendle 1913; Bulbophyllum intertextum var. parvilabium G.Will. 1980; Bulbophyllum pertenue Kraenzl. 1914; Bulbophyllum quintasii Rolfe 1891; Bulbophyllum seychellarum Rchb.f. 1876; Bulbophyllum triaristellum Kraenzelin & Schlechter 1908; Bulbophyllum usambarae Kraenzl. 1904; Bulbophyllum viride Rolfe 1893; Phyllorchis intertexta (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorchis seychellarum (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 as B seychellarum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Orchids of Malawi Vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing not!