Bulbophyllum membranaceum Teijsm. & Binn. 1854 SECTION Monanthaparva Ridl. 1896

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Common Name The Membranous Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found in Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Papua and New Guinea, Solomon Islands Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu in lowland forests at elevations of sea level to 450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with .2 to 2" [5 mm to 5 cm] spaced, conical-ovate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, petiolate, broadly elliptic leaf that blooms on a subsessile, suberect, basal, single flowered inflorescence sometimes arising basally and often arising directly from the rhizome away from the pseudobulb.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum avicella Ridl. 1897; Bulbophyllum ciliatoides Seidenf. 1975; Bulbophyllum gibbonianum Schltr. 1921; Bulbophyllum nuruanum Schltr. 1905; Phyllorkis membranacea (Teijsm. & Binn.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1985; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/1985 as B. nuruanum drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Holtum 1953; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991; Orchids of Lowland Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1991 drawing fide; The Orchids Of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood, 1992 drawing?/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993;A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo?; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood Beaman etal 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo hmm; Thirty Two New Species of Bulbophyllum (Orchidaceae)from Sulawesi J.J. VERMEULEN 1 AND P. O’BYRNE Gard. Bulletin Singapore 60 (1): 73-153 2008; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Verm. & O’Byrne 2011 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;