Bulbophyllum pocillum J.J.Verm. 1991 SECTION Stachysanthes (Bl.) J.J. Verm. & P. O’Byrne 2008

Plant and Flower in situ Borneo

Photos by © J.B.Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Full shade Warm CoolWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Small Cup Bulbophyllum [refers to the flower shape]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, hanging epiphyte with close set, cylindrical, not flattened pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, pendent, thick, ovate to elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a basal, horizontal, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with ovate floral bracts and flowers that have no scent.

Similar to B ceratostylis but differs in the hanging plant and the general shape of the flowers. Vermuellen notes that this is a provisional determination and may turn out to be just a synonym of B ceratostylis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchids Of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991 drawing/photo fide; Plants of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001 as B aff pocillum; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide