Bulbophyllum liparidioides Schltr. 1924 SECTION Bulbophyllum G A Fischer & J J Vermeullen in prep

Lip Detail Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria `

Common Name The Liparis-Like Bulbophyllum [refers to the overall flower appearance]

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

Found in Madagascar in forests at elevations of 900 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with conical, close set, brownish, 4 obtusely angled pseudobulbs carrying 2, narrow-oblanceolate, attenuate-petiolate nearly to the apex from the base leaves that blooms on a very thin, slightly longer than the leaves, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, erect then curved at the flowers, lax, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4, slightly visible sheaths and carrying glabrous flowers.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution. It does fit the written description quite well but I have not seen the type drawing.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans photo ok