Bulbophyllum turgidum J.J.Verm. 1991 SECTION Brachypus Schlechter 1913

photo/TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by J J Vermeullen 1991

Full shade Cool LATE Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Swollen Bulbophyllum [refers to the thick set appearance of the plant]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in rather low open montane, moss or podozol forests at elevations around 1300 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, dark green strongly suffused with dark purple epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with .16 to .24" [.4 to .6 cm] between each ovoid, not flattened pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, thick, elliptic, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring, summer and fall on an erect, .28" [.7 cm] long overall, peduncle .32" [.3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-fragrant flowers with whitish sepals with 3 purple veins, transluscent white petals that are purple spotted towards the apex, and a whitish to yellowish lip with very dark purple in the center or along the margins.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991 drawing fide; Plants of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994;