Bulbophyllum mutabile [Bl.] Lindl. 1830 SECTION Stachysanthes (Bl.) J.J. Verm. & P. O’Byrne 2008

Plant and Flowers in situ Cameron Highlands Photos by © David Kuehn

Plant and Flowers Photo by André Schuiteman, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Variable Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Thailand, penninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, the Philippines, Bali and Celebes in montane forests at elevations of 1100 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] between each very small, adnate to the rhizome, somewhat terete, basally truncate pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, somewhat fleshy, abruptly narrowing basally into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms on a very short to .2" [5 mm] long, 2 flowered inflorescence.

This species is very variable in plant size and leaf shape as well as variable in flower shape.

The 1st and 2nd photos are of B mutabile var obesum with a short, repent plant form and the 3rd photo is B mutabile var mutabile with the larger taller more erect plant form.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum altispex Ridl. 1894; Bulbophyllum ceratostyloides (Schltr.) Schltr. 1925; Bulbophyllum mutabile var. ceratostyloides Schltr. 1911; Bulbophyllum mutabile var. mutabile.; Bulbophyllum mutabile var. obesum J.J.Sm. 1991; Bulbophyllum pokapindjangense J.J.Sm. 1933; Bulbophyllum semipellucidum J.J.Sm. 1928; *Diphyes mutabilis Bl. 1825; Phyllorhis mutabilis (Blume) 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 hmmm; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 drawing ok; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991 drawing/photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as B mutabile var obesum photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as B mutabile var obesum drawing/photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing hmm; A Guide to the Orchids of Kinabalu Wood 2013 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;