Bulbophyllum purpureorhachis (De Wild.) Schltr 1914 SECTION Megaclinium G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep. Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photos By Dalton Holland Baptista


Common Name The Purple Inflorescence Bulbophyllum

Flower Size About 1/2" long [about 1.25 cm]

Found in the Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast and Zaire in lowland forests as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte, with ovoid to rectangular, flattened, 2 to 3 angled pseudobulbs carrying two apical, lanceolate, thick and coriaceous, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on an arching, to 38" [95 cm] long, flattened purple, rachis with the flowers in a longitudinal row on the flat sides.

Best grown in a large shallow pot, with regular fertilizing, hot to warm humid conditions, good air circulation and no direct sunlight.

Synonyms *Megaclinium purpureorhachis De Wild. 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Africa in the wild and cultivation La Croix 1997; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing fide