Bulbophyllum mentiferum J.J.Sm. 1927 SECTION Stachysanthes (Bl.) J.J. Verm. & P. O’Byrne 2008

Type drawing by © J J Smith and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Cold

Common Name The Mentum? Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .38" [9.25 mm]

Found in western Sumatra at elevations around 1700 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with .6" [1.5 cm] between each disc-shaped pseudobulbs carrying a single, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, basal, peduncle 7 bracted, 3.2 to 3.4" [8 to 8.5 cm] long, rachis angular, 3.2" [8 cm] long, 6.4 to 6.6" [16 to 16.5 cm] long overall, fairly lax, 16 to 22 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to B unguiculatum but it has shorter, proportionally broader bracts, more lanceolate petals and differences in the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001;