Bulbophyllum refractum Rchb. f. 1861 SECTION Tripudianthes Seidenf. Photo by Jay Pfahl

FragranceFull shadeHotTo WarmSummer

Common Name The Broken Off Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/5" [.5 cm]

A strange summer flowering, bifoliate plant with conic pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, deciduous, lanceolate, acute, shortly petiolate leaves, blooming on a basal, to 16" [to 40 cm] long, pendant, lax, raceme with up to 10, foul smelling flowers that have very active flower movement.

This small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte is from the eastern Himalayas, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Java and Sumatra in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests and savana-like woodlands at elevations of sealevel to 1420 meters. This species has deciduous leaves and loses them as it is ready to bloom and needs a slight lessening of water but should not be allowed to dry out. It also does not like direct sunlight.

Synonyms ; Bulbophyllum muscicola Rchb.f. 1872; Bulbophyllum tripudians Par. & Rchb.f. 1874; Cirrhopetalum refractum Zoll. 1847; Cirrhopetalum wallichii Lindl. 1828; Phyllorchis refracta (Zoll.) Kuntze 1891; Tripudianthes refracta (Zoll.) Szlach. & Kras 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Cirrhopetalum refractum; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Cirrhopetalum refractum drawing fide; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cirrhopetalum refractum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Cirrhopetalum refractum; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 drawing not = B tripudians; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 6 1970 photo as B tripudians; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 as Cirrhopetalum refractum; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum refractum drawwing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo as C wallichii; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983 as Cirrhopetalum refractum; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 2 1984 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 no 1 1995 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #2 1999 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2002 Photo fide; Slipper Orchids of Vietnam Averyanov, Cribb, Loc & Hiep 2003; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2016 photo fide;