Bulbophyllum gracillimum [Rolfe]Rolfe 1912 SECTION Ephippium Schlechter 1913

Flower closeup Photos courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Lip Detail Photos courtesy of Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright , and the Butterfly and Orchids Photo Gallery

Lip Detail Photo by C. M. Teo

Top View Photo by Linda & Mikael Karlbom

FragrancePart shade HotSpringSummer

Common Name The Graceful Bulbophyllum - In Australia The Wispy Umbrella Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/4" [2.5 to 3 cm]

I love this Bulbophyllum, picture doesn't do it justice, it has purple eyes in the flower that move in the slightest wind, is a small sized, hot growing epiphyte that comes from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Moluccas, New Guinea, Sulawesi, Solomon islands, Australia, Fiji and New Caledonia low down on the trunks of trees in rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 150 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with small, ovoid pseudobulbs clustered close together and a single, apical, elliptic leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on an erect, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long purple, wiry inflorescence that has a head of several [6 to 10] fragrant flowers at the apex held well above the leaf.

Give this plant a treefern mount, cool to warm temperatures, moderate shade, high humidity and good air circulation.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum leratii (Schltr.) J.J.Sm. 1912; Bulbophyllum psittacoides J.J. Sm. 1911; Bulbophyllum ruficaudatum Ridl. 1910; *Cirrhopetalum gracillimum Rolfe 1895; Cirrhopetalum leratii Schltr. 1911; Cirrhopetalum psittacoides Ridley 1927; Cirrhopetalum warianum Schlechter 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones plantarum formosanarum nec non et contributiones ad floram formosanam. 2: 139-140. Hayata 1912; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912[1985]as Cirrhopetalum warianum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cirrhopetalum psittacoides photo fide; Orchids of Malaya Holtum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 9 1970 as Cirrhopetalum gracillimum; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 as B leratii; Orchid Genera in Thailand Vol VIII Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1981 photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 40 Bulbophyllinae 1983 as Cirrhopetalum gracillimum photo fide; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1991; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as Cirrhopetalum gracillimum photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 4 1995 photo fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as B ruficaudatum; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Cirrhopetalum gracillimum photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;

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