Bulbophyllum savaiense Schltr.1911 SECTION Pelma

Plant and Flowers Photos by Ed De Vogel and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

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Common Name The Savai ? Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in New Guinea, the Phillipines, Sulawesi, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu in primary forests at elevations of sea level to 3400 meters [see below] as a miniature to large sized [length of rhizome], hot to cold growing epiphyte with ovoid to ellipsoid pseduobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate to elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on a .25 to 2.8" [.6 to 7 cm] long, 2 to 9 flowered inflorescence with triangular floral bracts.

The flower in the photo is Bulbophyllum savaiense subsp. subcubicum and is found in New Guinea, Sulawesi and the Phillipines at elevations of sea-level to 2000 meters as a medium sized [length of rhizome], hot to warm growing epiphyte.

The plants of Bulbophyllum savaiense subsp. gorumense (Schltr.) J.J.Verm. 1993 are found in New Guinea, Sulawesi and the Phillipines at elevations of 2300 to 3400 meters as a to large sized [length of rhizome], cold growing epiphyte and has inflorescence longer than .6" [1.6 cm] and lateral sepals from .1 to .2" [2.8 mm to 4.8mm]

The plants of Bulbophyllum savaiense var savaiense can be found only in Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa and occur at elevations of 300 to 700 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with very short lateral sepals.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum bolaninum Schltr. 1919; Bulbophyllum foveatum Schltr. 1913; Bulbophyllum gorumense Schltr. 1913; Bulbophyllum microtatanthum Schltr.1913; Bulbophyllum quadratum Schltr.1913; Bulbophyllum savaiense subsp. gorumense (Schltr.) J.J.Verm. 1993; Bulbophyllum savaiense subsp. subcubicum (J.J.Sm.) J.J.Verm. 1993; Bulbophyllum subcubicum J.J.Sm. 1912; Bulbophyllum subcubicum var. coccineum J.J.Sm. 1916; Pelma bolaninum (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kulak 2007; Pelma savaiense (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kulak 2007; Pelma subcubicum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. & Kulak 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as B subcubicum; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as B foveatum drawing ok; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as B gorumense drawing good; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing as B microtatanthum; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing ok as B quadratum; Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea P. Van Royen 1979 as B bolaninum drawing hmm; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermuellen 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermuellen 1993 drawing as Bulbophyllum savaiense subsp. gorumense drawing fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 as B subcubium photo hmm; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermuellen 1993 drawing fide as Bulbophyllum savaiense subsp. subcubicum; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo as Bulbophyllum savaiense; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide as B savaiense var subcuticum; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as B sucubicum; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 as B savaiense var subcuticum drawing/photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as B savaiense subsp subcubicumphoto fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photo/drawing fide

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