Bulbophyllum nigripetalum Rolfe 1891 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Photo by Karel & Alex Petrzelka and the Vietnam Orchid Website


Inflorescence and Plant


Photos courtesy of Rudi Hromniak and his and his Orchid Webpage

Part shadeWarm Spring

Common Name The Black Petaled Bulbophyllum - In China Hei Ban Shi Dou Lan

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Yunnan province of China and Thailand in forests at elevations of 1000 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with up to 1" [2.5 cm] between each close, ovoid to broadly conic pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an elongate, erect to spreading, rather lax, 6" to 19.8" [15 to 49 cm] long, 13 to 32 flowered inflorescence with about 5 bracts and triangular, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987; Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1990 as B secundum; Gard. Bull. Singapore 54: 142 J J Verm. 2002 drawing/photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;