Bulbophyllum microglossum Ridl. 1908 SECTION Sestochilus [Breda]Benth & Hkr.f 1883

Lip Detail

Plant and Flower

Photos by Peter O'Byrne

Part shadeWarm to Cool Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Small Lipped Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations of 900 to 2200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 2.4 to 7" [6 to 17.5 cm] in between each conical pseudobulb that is adpressed to a woody rhizome and enveloped basally by stiff hairs and has a single, elliptic, obtuse to acute, stiff, petiolate leaf and blooms in the summer on an erect, 2" [5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the rhizome.

"Bulbophyllum microglossum belongs to the group of closely related species of B. lobbii Lindl. complex including Bulbophyllum coweniorum from Laos and Vietnam, B. smitinandii Seidenf. et Thorut (Thailand, Vietnam) and B. orectopetalum Garay, Hamer et Siegerist (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos)." Tuan and Averyanov 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; = Orchids of Malaya Holtum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfadden and Wood 1992 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide/photo fide