Bulbophyllum brienianum [Rolfe] J.J.Sm. 1912 SECTION Ephippium Schlechter 1913

Photo Copyright Jo Levy, courtesy of Leslie Garay Archives

Plant and Flowers

Photo by David Landau


Common Name O'Briens' Bulbophyllum [English Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Borneo, Malaysia, Sumatra and the Philippines as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte requiring an open mix, light shade, high humidity and regular waterings and fertilizer. This species has egg-shaped, strongly ridged pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical leaf that is shortly petiolate and blooms in the winter on a basal, to 8" [20 cm] long, several [5 to 10] flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers held in an apical umbel.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum adenophorum [Schlechter]J.J.Sm. 1912; Bulbophyllum brienianum [Rolfe] J.J.Sm. 1912; Bulbophyllum brunnescens [Ridley] J.J.Sm. 1912; Bulbophyllum makoyanum var brienianum [Rolfe] Ridley 1907; Cirrhopetalum adenophorum Schlechter 1906; *Cirrhopetalum brienianum Rolfe 1893; Cirrhopetalum brunnescens Ridley 1896; Cirrhopetalum makoyanum var brienianum [Rolfe] Ridley 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Malaya Holttum Vol 1 Orchids 1953; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 4 1983 as Cirrhopetalum brienianum photo fide; Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Seidenfaden 1990; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Living with Orchids In Sumatra Landau 1996 photo fide; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 as B o'brienianum not; A to Z of SE Asian Orchids O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Cirrhopetalum brienianum; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood Beaman etal 2001; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #10 2010 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;