Bulbophyllum scaphiforme J.J.Vermuellen 2002 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougerty

Common Name The Boat Shaped Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Pyramidal pseudobulbs bear a single, apical leaf and give rise to a basal, glabrous, erect to spreading, lax, 23 to 33 flowered inflorescence bearing numerous small, dark and very hairy flowers with highly mobile labella. The lip is decorated with two shiny green stripes, presumably as a means of mimicking the insect pollinator. The lip is pendulous and teardrop shaped, swinging freely in all directions below the spread petals. Grow it warm to hot. It occurs in Thailand (Type), Vietnam and China (Yunnan) as a miniature sized epiphyte. It blooms in the spring

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide