Bulbophyllum sterile (Lam.) Suresh 1988

SECTION Racemosae Benth & Hkr.f 1883

Inflorescence

Flower Closeup Photo by Roman Maruska

Full shadeWarm TO Cool Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Sterile Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in the Nilgiri Hills of India at elevations of 1300 to 1700 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 2" [5 cm] between each ovate, irregularily angled, pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, emarginate leaf that blooms in the winter and early spring on a pendent, 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence

CAUTION! I am not sure of this determination! Does not match Seidenfaden 1959 - not lax enough inflorescence, but flowers are close.

In literature this species is often confused with B caudatum Section Umbellatae, for example does not match Pearce and Cribb 2002 as it is close to B caudatum, which is not even close to this species. Does match exactly to Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980. Pretty much exact match to the drawing in Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 and fide for Pradhan, Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as B sterile NOT!!! photo fide for B caudatum;

Synonyms Bulbophyllum nilgherrense Wight 1851; *Epidendrum sterile Lam. 1783; Phyllorkis nilgherensis (Wight) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing, photo hmm; Orchids of Bombay Satapau & Kapadia 1966 drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum neilgherense photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1981 as B neilgerrensephoto fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 refers to a relative of B vaginatum see caudatum; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Cirrhopetalum neilgherrense; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as B sterile; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as B sterile photo not = B caudatum;

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