Bulbophyllum oreonastes Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Oreonastes G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep

Photo by Leo Klemm

Large flowered variety

Photo by V. Droissart


Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full shade Hot Cool Winter Spring

Common Name The Mountain Living Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/4" [.65 cm]

Found in Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Cameroons, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gulf Of Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Uganada, Angola, Zambia and Malawi in woodland, lowland, submontane and montane forests at elevations of 650 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with with 1/4 to 1.6" [.7 to 4 cm] between each ovoid to ellipsoid, often obscurely 4 angled, light green pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, elliptic, pale green, stiff, coriaceous leaves that blooms winter and spring on an erect, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, widening towards the apex, 10 to many flowered inflorescence with the flowers appearing out of the rachis much more than in B fuscum.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum hookerianum Kraenzl. 1893; Bulbophyllum infundibuliflorum J.B.Petersen 1952; Bulbophyllum planiaxe J.B.Petersen 1952; Bulbophyllum rhopalochilum Kraenzl. 1914; Bulbophyllum zenkerianum Kraenzl. 1912; Phyllorchis oreonastes (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970 drawing ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as B zenkerianum drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Malawi Vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 as B zenkerianum; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; African Orchids In The Wild and Cultivation Stewart 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing good