Bulbophyllum molossus Rchb. f. 1888 SECTION Pachychlamys Sclechter 1924

Another Angle Photos courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Common Name or Meaning The Fierce Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in central Madagascar in humid evergreen forests at elevations around 700 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a thick rhizome giving rise to elongated, narrow pseudobulbs which are enveloped completely in youth with thin obtuse sheaths and carrying two, apical, oblanceolate, attenuate from the apical third to the base or shortly petiolate leaves which blooms in the spring and summer on a basal, 3" [7.5 cm] long, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence and clad with 6 to 7 loose, thin, obtuse sheaths.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum sessiliflorum H. Wendl. & Kraenzl. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 as B sessiliflorum drawing; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1936/81; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 as B sessiliflorum; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014 photo good;

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