Bulbophyllum pumilum (Sw.) Lindl. 1830 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

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Lip Detail Photos by Rudi Hromniak and his and his Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Pointed Lip Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/4" max [1 cm max]

Found in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Gabon, Zaire and Uganda at elevations of sealevel to 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with close set to .8" [2 cm] between each, angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptiuc, acute leaf that blooms on a basal, 12" [30 cm][ long, several to many flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!!! This species and Genyorchis pumila are confused by many authorities saying Bulbophyllum pumilum is a syn of Genyorchis pumila but the later has two leaves and is red flowered while the former is single leafed and most often red to orange-brown flowered.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum calabaricum Rolfe 1906; Bulbophyllum dorotheae Rendle 1913; Bulbophyllum drallei Rchb.f. 1885; Bulbophyllum elachon J.J.Verm. 1982; Bulbophyllum flavidum Lindl. 1840; Bulbophyllum gabonis Linden & Rchb.f. 1865; Bulbophyllum herminiostachys (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1861; Bulbophyllum imogeniae K.Ham. 1917; Bulbophyllum moliwense Schltr. 1906; Bulbophyllum nanum De Wild. 1903; Bulbophyllum papillosum Finet 1903; Bulbophyllum pavimentatum Lindl. 1861; Bulbophyllum porphyroglossum Kraenzl. 1895; Bulbophyllum recurvum Lindl. 1830; *Bulbophyllum verecundum Summerh. 1953 publ. 1954; Bulbophyllum winkleri Schltr. 1906; Bulbophyllum yangambiense Louis & Mullend. ex Geerinck 1976; Dendrobium pumilum Sw. 1805; Phyllorchis flavida (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorchis herminostachys (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorchis pavimentata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorchis recurva (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Taurostalix herminiostachys Rchb.f 1852; Tribrachia recurva (Lindl.) Lindl. 1826

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Genyorchis pumila; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963 as B recurvum; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 as B pavimentatum; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 as Genyorchis pumila drawing good; Orchid Monographs Vol 2-'A Taxonomic revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae' by J. J. Vermeulen. 1987 drawing/photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001 as B pavimentatum; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001 as B recurvum; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001 as Genyorchis pumila not; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing/photo fide