Bulbophyllum sopoetanense Schltr. 1911 SECTION Stachysanthes (Bl.) J.J. Verm. & P. O’Byrne 2008

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Photos by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Mt. Sopoetan Bulbophyllum [A mountain in Sulawesi]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.6 cm]

Found only in Sulawesi [if you have a plant from Borneo see below = B conspectum] in high montane mossy forests at elevations of 1200 to 2100 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a woody rhizome giving rise to 1 " to 4" [2.5 to 10 cm] between each small, discoid pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, rather thick, ovate to elliptic, dark to olive green, sometimes suffused with purple and has a long petiolate base leaf, that blooms in the summer in situ on a basal, 2 to 12" [5 to 30 cm] long, 1 to 12 flowered inflorescence with tubular, elliptic floral bracts.

Recent research has determined that all specimen from Borneo are actually B conspectum. They are separated morphologically by B sopoetanense having 2 pollina [B conspectum has 4], slightly larger flowers, as well as the vegetative parts that are not suffused with ochre and the flowers are white, tinged with pale [green] yellow.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermeullen 1991 drawing/photo not = B conspectum; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo not = B ionophyllum; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 not = B conspectum; A to Z of SE Asian Orchids O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing not = B conspectum; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 9 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #2 2013 photo not = B conspectum; A Guide to the Orchids of Kinabalu Wood 2013 photo not = B conspectum;