Bulbophyllum shweliense W.W. Sm. 1921 SECTION Desmosanthes [Bl.] J.J. Sm. 1933

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Plant and Flowers Photo by Chinese Orchid Photo blog

What was known as B crabianum Photo courtesy of MR.TIPOL RUANGAKSORN and Exotic Bulbophyllum

Full shadeCool TO WarmFall

Common Name The Shweili Valley Bulbophyllum [A Valley In Yunnan Province China] - In China San Hua Shi Dou Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [.6cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Yunnan Province China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand at elevations of 500-2500 meters high up on trees in evergreen forest as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a slender, creeping rhizome with .6 to 2" [1.5 to 5 cm] between each, cylindric to narrowly cylindric pseduobulb carrying a single, apical erect, oblong, apically rounded, retuse, narrowing towards the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, subumbellate, 2 to 10 flowered, filiform, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with basal tubular sheaths and lanceolate, acute, concave, membraneous, white floral bracts.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum craibianum Kerr 1927

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as B craibianum drawing; Orchid Genera in Thailand Vol VIII Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfaden 1979 as B craibianum drawing good; Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo as B crabianum photo ?; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as B crabianum photo ?; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2008 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide as B craibianum; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok?; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Nyan Tun Taunggyi 2014 as B craibianum photo fide

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