Bulbophyllum thompsonii Ridley 1885 NO PHOTO SECTION Ploiarium Schlechter 1925


Common Name Thompson's Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Madagascar with ovoid-globose, rugose, shiny pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblanceolate, obtuse leaf that blooms on a bent to 4" [10 cm] long, to 20 flwered inflorescence with small, oval-acute, half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

CAUTION!!! All photos on the internet are B thomsonii. B thompsonii is often confused with Hooker's B thomsonii which only occurs in the Himalayas, is in the Section Hirtula, has an erect inflorescence and has hairs on the tepals margins. This species occurs only in Madagascar, is in the section Lyperostachys, has a shorter bent inflorescence and has glabrous petals with a tuft of hairs only on the apex of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009