Bulbophyllum stelis J.J.Sm. 1927 SECTION Stachysanthes (Bl.) J.J. Verm. & P. O’Byrne 2008

Plant and Flowers in situ Sumatra

Photos by © J B Comber and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot Fall

Common Name The Parasitic Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in western Sumatra and Java at elevations around 300 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with close set, disc-shaped pseudobulbs carrying a single, lanceolate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, basal, peduncle .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, rachis 1.9 to 2.2" [4.75 to 5.5 cm] long, 2.48 to 3.4" [6.25 to 8.5 cm] long overall, lax, many flowered inflorescence.

Similar to B unguiculatum but it has shorter, proportionally broader bracts, more lanceolate petals and differences in the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchdis of Java Comber 1990 photo fideOrchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001 photo fide;