Bulbophyllum petiolare Thwaites 1861 SECTION Globiceps Vermuelen Photo by Imaduwa Priyadarshana

Plant and Flowers

Plant and Flowers Photos by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website. Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the JanyRenz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool LATE Summer EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Petiolate Bulbophyllum [refers to the elongate, wiry petiole of the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in submontane to tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations under 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with close-set, chain-like, horizontal elongated, pea shaped pseudobulbs basally encircled by evanescent sheaths leaving a ring of hairs and carrying a single, apical, lanceolate, obtuse, elongate, wiry, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through early fall on an erect, slender, 1 to 3" [2.5 to 7.5 cm] long, fasciles of 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, acute, single veined floral bracts and carrying greenish orange flowers with a red lip.

Synonyms Phyllorkis petiolaris (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001;