Bulbophyllum polycyclum J.J.Verm. 1996 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part shadeWarm Cool LATER Spring

Common Name The Many Circled Bulbophyllum [Refers to the flower arrangment on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sarawak, Sabah and Kalaiantan Borneo at elevations of 850 to 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with [.9 to 1.2 cm] between each ovoid to depressed conical pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic to ovate, obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a pendulous, peduncle 6.8 to 16" [17 to 40 cm] long, provided with 5 to 6 scales, rachis swollen, cylindrical with the flowers on low-conical swellings, 13.2 to 14.4' [33 to 36 cm] long, elongated, 20 to 30" [50 to 75 cm] long overall, laxly, spirally arranged in often imperfect whorls of 5 to 8, simultaneously few, 70 to 90 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Most similar to B. atratum J. J. Sm. However, this species has a rachis with a top part (of c. 26" [65 cm] length) without flowers, and an acuminate median sepal and petals." Vermeulen 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Blumea 41:351 J J Vermeulen 1996 drawing fide; Gard. Bull. Singapore 54: 138 J J Verm. 2002 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photo/drawing fide