Bulbophyllum purpurascens Teijsm & Binn 1862 SECTION Rhytionanthos [Garay, Hamer & Siegerist] J J Verm, Schuit & De Vogel 2015 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

Underside Flower View Photo courtesy of David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

Common Name The Purple Bulbophyllum [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm] variable

A species of Thailand, Myanmar and the islands of Java, Borneo and Sumatra in lowland and lower montane forests on tree trunks and tree branches, often overhanging water, at elevations of 900 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with .4" [1 cm] between each has 3 ridged, lenticular to ovate-prismatic, smooth and shiny in youth and angular with age, unifoliate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, tough and leathery, elliptic, deciduous leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a slender, erect, bracteate, to 16 1/4" [to 18 cm] long, inflorescence which arises from an older pseudobulb carrying an umbel of 10 to 19, close set flowers at the apex and held well above the leaf.

This species grows well in pots with hot temperatures, deep shade and need ample moisture and fertilizer to bloom well.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum citrinum (Ridl.) Ridl. 1907; Bulbophyllum curtisii Ridl. 1903[non1911,12]; Bulbophyllum perakense Ridl. 1903; Bulbophyllum peyerianum (Kraenzl.) Seidenf. 1973 publ. 1974; Bulbophyllum rhizophoreti Ridl. 1924; Bulbophyllum tenasserimense J.J. Sm. 1912; Cirrhopetalum citrinum Ridl. 1895; Cirrhopetalum compactum Rolfe 1895; Cirrhopetalum lendyanum Rchb. f. 1887; Cirrhopetalum pallidum Schltr. 1906; Phyllorchis purpurascens (Teijsm. & Binn.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide;Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holtum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing/photo fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 as B peyerianum drawing fide; Orchid Genera in Thailand Vol VIII Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 2 1984 photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photo hmm to plant photo but close up ok; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 photo fide; A to Z of SE Asian Orchids O'Byrne 2001; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo hmm/not; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo good; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide

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