Bulbophyllum nigrescens Rolfe 1910 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Photos by Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright , and the Butterfly and Orchids Photo Gallery

Yellow variety

Plant and Flowers in situ as Lithophyte

Plant and Flowers in situ as Epiphyte

Photos by Copyright , Andre Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and the Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website


Common Name The Blackish Bulbophyllum - In China Gou Geng Shi Dou Lan

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Thailand, Yunnan Province of China and Vietnam in sparse woods growing on tree trunks at elevations around 400 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing lithophye or epiphyte with .24 to 1" [.6 to 2.5 cm] between each squat, ovoid or low-conical, flattened ventrically, rugose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, linear to lanceolate leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, basal, peduncle 3.2 to 8.8" [8 to 22 cm] long, provided with 5 bracts, rachis not thickened, 3.6 to 8" [9 to 20 cm] long, glabrous, 9.2" to 17.6" [23 to 44 cm] long, successively many, 13 to 27 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Some authors cite B anguste-ellipticum as a synonym but I feel there are distinct differences other than color.


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