Bulbophyllum pentastichum (Pfitzer ex Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1915 SECTION Lupulina G A Fischer in prep

Fruiting Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers Photos by Karl Senghas and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz

Full shade Hot EARLYSpring

Common Name The Five Row Bulbophyllum [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Madagascar in humid eastern coastal forests at elevations of sea level to 100 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with ovoid, tetragonal, yellowish pseudobulbs carrying 2, narrowly oblong leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, rigid, robust, peduncle to 8" [20 cm] long, with 6 to 7 adpressed reddish sheaths, rachis twice as thick, cylindrical, red brown, straight, to 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with obtuse, at least a third longer than the flower floral bracts.

Synonyms *Bolbophyllaria pentasticha Pfitzer ex Kraenzl. 1908; Bulbophyllum matitanense H.Perrier 1937; Bulbophyllum matitanense subsp. rostratum H.Perrier 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as B maititanense drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as B maititanense var rostratum; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo good;