Bulbophyllum pectinatum Finet 1897 SECTION Leopardinae Bentham 1883

Side View of Flower

Plant and FlowerPhotos by Linda & Mikael Karlbom, Sweden


Common Name The Comb-Like Bulbophyllum [Refers to the Comb-Like Rim Of the Lip] - In China Chang Zu Shi Dou Lan

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing, unifoliate epiphyte occurs on wooded slopes at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters in Southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India and Taiwan with ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic, petiolate below leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on a stout, 2 3/8" [6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that arises at the base of a newly developed pseudobulb and holds the flower at leaf height. This species grows in hot to cool temperatures, partial shade and ample moisture and can be in a pot, basket or mounted on a slab of tree fern.

Very similar to B transarisanensis and may be conspecific with, but I have left them separate. There are differences in the angle of the lateral lobes of the comb-like lip and in the amount and length of the hairs.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids Of Thailand Vaddhanphuti 2001 photo fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2008 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Nyan Tun Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 photo fide