SECTION Minutissima Pfitzer 1889

TYPE SPECIES - Bulbophyllum (“Bolbophyllum”) minutissimum F. Muell. 1878

Distinguished by the single flowered inflorescence, the basal node of the pedicel well above the attachment of the floral bract, the glabrous flowers, stellida that are so short that their apex is about level with the rostellum front or even shorter as well as being small mat forming plants with wiry thin rhizomes except the species B perparvulum that grows in tufts.

These are straggling to creeping epiphytes with distinct to minute pseudobulbs carrying a single, persistent leaf that blooms on a single flowered inflorescence carrying a resupinate flower with the basal node of the pedicel above the attachment of the floral bract. The sepals are free are more or less equal and have 1 to 3 veins, the petals are usually single veined, there are 2 to 4 pollina.

There area 23 species in this section from forests at elevations up to 2400 meters in Thailand, Sumatra, Java, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand

Entries below with an asterix are listed in publications by E. Smidt and so are more likely correct than ones without. Species with a question mark in front, seem to me to not conform and so please use with caution.

SynonymsSECTION Nematorhizis Schltr. 1913;

  1. *Bulbophyllum alagense Ames 1907 the Philippines [now considered to be B mucronatum ssp alagense]

  2. *Bulbophyllum ankerae J J Verm & O'Byrne 2011 - Sulawesi

  3. Bulbophyllum cyclophyllum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  4. Bulbophyllum globuliforme Nichols 1938 Australia

  5. Bulbophyllum keekee N.Hallé 1977 New Caledonia

  6. Bulbophyllum lemnifolium Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  7. *Bulbophyllum lokonense Schlechter 1911 - Sulawesi

  8. Bulbophyllum lonchophyllum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  9. Bulbophyllum microsphaerum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  10. *!Bulbophyllum minutissimum F. Muell. 1878 Australia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Myanmar and Thailand

  11. Bulbophyllum moniliforme Par & Rchb.f 1874 Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Myanmar and Thailand

  12. *Bulbophyllum mucronatum (Blume) Lindl. 1830 Java, Borneo, Sulawesi

  13. *Bulbophyllum nematocaulon Ridl.1920 Malaysia and Borneo

  14. Bulbophyllum nematorhizis Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  15. Bulbophyllum oreocharis Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  16. Bulbophyllum perparvulum Schlechter 1915 - Borneo

  17. Bulbophyllum pygmaeum (Sm.) Lindl. 1830 New Zealand

    References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeulen & O'Byrne 2011; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;

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