Bulbophyllum penicillium Parish & Rchb. f. 1874 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Photo by Dale Borders

Part shadeCool Fall

Common Name The Brush-Lipped Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing, unifoliate epiphyte, with clustered stout, ovoid pseudobulbs and a single apical, linear, notched, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, stout, 12" [30 cm] long, longer than the leaf, decurved, many [to 15] flowered inflorescence that has triangular bracts with flowers laxly clustered on the round rachis.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum inopinatum W.W. Sm. 1915; Phyllorchis penicillium (Parish & Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 drawing good; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 as B inopinatum; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001; A Field Guide to the WIld Orchids Of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo good; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Gard. Bull. Singapore 54: 125 J J Verm. 2002 drawing/photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo good; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Nyan Tun Taunggyi 2014 photo fide