Bulbophyllum macphersonii Rupp 1934 SECTION Monanthes [Bl] Avery. 1994

Photo by John Varigos


Common Name MacPherson's Bulbophyllum [Australian Original Collector of species 1900's] - In Australia The Small Eyelash Orchid

Flower Size .4" to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Queensland, Australia at elevations of 450 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, clumping, warm to cool growing epiphyte found predominately on trees but occasionally on rocks mostly in rainforests, with a creeping, branching mat forming rhizome giving rise to close set, almost globular, somewhat compressed, very crowded, inconspicuous pseudobulbs carrying a single, reclining to erect, green to reddish, thick, fleshy, channeled leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, wiry, .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying a non-resupinate flower

This species is best grown on a cork or tree fern mount in a cold humid environment with moderate light and water levels, fertilizing regularly.

Synonyms Blepharochilum macphersonii (Rupp) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Blepharochilum sladeanum (A.D.Hawkes) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Bulbophyllum cochleatum Schltr. 1910; Bulbophyllum jungwirthianum Schltr. 1922; Bulbophyllum macphersonii var. spathulatum Dockrill & St.Cloud 1957; Bulbophyllum purpurascens F.M. Bailey 1884; Bulbophyllum sladeanum A.D.Hawkes 1956; Bulbophyllum talbotii Rendle 1913; Osyriceras purpurascens (F.M. Bailey) Fitzg. 1895;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914 as B purpurescens; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1991; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo as B sladeanum; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Blepharochilum macphersonii photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Blepharochilum sladeanum photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 1 2007 photo as Blepharochilum sladeanum; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide