Bulbophyllum virescens J.J. Sm. 1907 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889 Photo by Jannette G. Harris

Flower Closeup Photo by Zulkifli Md Isa and his Flicker Orchid Photo Website

Plant ensitu in Malaysia

Common Name The Greenish Bulbophyllum

Flower Size to 5 1/2" [13.75 cm]

Found in the Malaysian pennisula, the Moluccas and Sumatra at elevations around 760 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with 8" [20 cm] between each prominently furrowed, terete pseudobulb enveloped basally by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, tough, leathery, narrowed equally to the apex and the base, acute, narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a 12" [30 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence enveloped by 6 imbricating sheaths and carrying 6 to 8, foul smelling, not wide opening flowers held in a circle.

This species and B binnendijkii are said to be synomonous but there are several differences so I have left them separate for now.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum binnendijkii J.J.Sm. 1905; Bulbophyllum ericssonii Kraenzl. 1893; Bulbophyllum maximum (Ridl.) Ridl. 1907; Bulbophyllum ridleyanum Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994; Cirrhopetalum leopardinum Teijsm. & Binn. 1862; Cirrhopetalum maximum Ridl. 1900

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B ericssoni; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as B maximum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as B ericssonii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 3 2009 drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 8 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo Verm, O'Byrne & Lamb 2015 drawing/photo fide