Bulbophyllum xiphion J.J.Verm. 1996 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908 Photo by © Tom Ballinger and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shadeWarm Spring

Common Name The Sword-Like Bulbophyllum [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .16” [4 mm]

Found in Sarawak and Kalimantan Borneo in ridge top forests and riverine forests at elevations around 650 to 1050 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with .36 to .6” [.9 to 1.5 cm] between each ovoid pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, elliptic to obovate, rounded to obtuse, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to patent, peduncle to 11.2” [28 cm] long, patent, rachis, somewhat nodding, swollen and flattened, finely rugose-papillose, 4.4 to 6” [11 to 15 cm] long, elongated, rather dense, to 16.8” [42 cm] long overall, 60 to 70 flowered inflorescence with some simultaneously opening flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Bulbophyllum of Borneo Verm. O’Byrne and Lamb 2015 drawing/photo fide