Bulbophyllum barbigerum Lindley 1837 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by Guy Ramette Vovan and his Gabon Orchids Website

Flower Closeup

Photo by Patricia Harding

Warm to EARLY

Common Name The Bearded Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] This species occurs in Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo and Zaire on mossy tree trunks and in crowns of trees in evergreen and deciduous forests up to elevations of 900 to 2300 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with orbicular or ovoid, somewhat flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic, emarginate leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a basal, 3 to 7 3/4" [7.5 to 19 cm] long, racemose, spreading or erect inflorescence with ovate bracts and carrying several to many foul smelling, hairy flowers.

I've been told that in the 1700's this plant was put forward as a missing link between plant and animal, it moves, wiggles, jerks and bobs. Looks as if it could talk.

Synonyms Phyllorchis barbigera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

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