SECTION Epicranthes (Bl.) Hook.f. 1883

TYPE = Epicranthes javanica Blume = Bulbophyllum epicranthes (Blume) Hook. f. 1890

Characterized by a pendulous rhizome, growing end curved upwards, small adpressed pseudobulbs carrying carrying, single, small, elliptic, fleshy leaves appearing alternate and blooms from chaffy bracts at the base of the pseudobulbs either singly on very short stalks. The pedicel has the basal node above the attachment of the floral bracts. The flowers have sepals that are almost equal, widely spreading, greenish to yellowish with red flush or markings. The petals have a broad base and the bases are split into two diverging lobes almost to the base and each lobe carries from 3 to 34 narrow appendages, often dark grey in color, on delicate stalks, stiffly stalked or more or less joined together and there is one appendage that often arises from between the sinus of the two lobes. The lip is narrow and almost straight, fleshy, red or green and in at least part covered by glistening vesicles which secrete small drops of nectar.

There are 40 species in this section from montane forests up to 3300 meters in elevation in China, Myanmar to Java, Borneo and eastward to New Guinea and New Caledonia.

Entries below with an asterix are listed in publications by J J Vermeullen and so are more likely correct than ones without. Species with a question mark in front, seem to me to not conform and so please use with caution.

Synonyms SECTION Polyrhopalon Schlechter 1913

  1. Bulbophyllum abbrevilabium Carr 1932 Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam

  2. Bulbophyllum adangense Seidenf. 1979 Thailand

  3. *Bulbophyllum barbasapientis Verm & O'Byrne 2008 - Sulawesi

  4. *Bulbophyllum brachyrhopalon J J Verm, O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 - Sabah Borneo

  5. *Bulbophyllum brachytriche J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 Sulawesi

  6. Bulbophyllum cheiropetalum Ridl.1926 Penninsular Malaysia, Borneo, New Caledonia and Sumatra

  7. Bulbophyllum chlororhopalon Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  8. Bulbophyllum cimicinum J.J.Verm.1982 Bismark Archipelago

  9. Bulbophyllum conchophyllum J.J.Sm. 1912 New Guinea

  10. Bulbophyllum corrugatum J.J.Verm. 2008 Bismark Archipelago

  11. *Bulbophyllum cyanotriche J.J.Verm. 1996 - Sabah Borneo

  12. Bulbophyllum davidii (Cootes & Boos) J.M.H.Shaw 2017 the Philippines

  13. Bulbophyllum decarhopalon Schltr.1913 New Guinea

  14. *Bulbophyllum decatriche J.J.Verm. 1991 New Guinea

  15. Bulbophyllum dijkstalianum J.J.Verm., de Vogel & A.Vogel 2010 Papua New Guinea

  16. *!Bulbophyllum epicranthes Hook.f. 1890 - Myanmar Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Moluccas

  17. *Bulbophyllum flavofimbriatum J.J.Sm. 1931 Borneo

  18. *Bulbophyllum goniopterum J J Verm, Obyrne and Lamb 2015 - Sarawak Borneo

  19. Bulbophyllum haniffii Carr 1932 Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Laos

  20. Bulbophyllum heterorhopalon Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  21. Bulbophyllum hexarhopalon Schltr. 1906 Bismarck Islands, New Guinea, Fiji and New Caledonia

  22. Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum J.J.Verm. 1982 Papua New Guinea

  23. Bulbophyllum johannulii J.J.Verm. 1982 Bismark Archipelago

  24. *Bulbophyllum liorhopalon J J Verm. & Lamb 2013 Sarawak Borneo

  25. Bulbophyllum macneiceae Schuit. & de Vogel 2005 Papua New Guinea

  26. Bulbophyllum macrorhopalon Schltr.1913 New Guinea

    Bulbophyllum mobilifilum Carr 1929 Malaysia

  27. Bulbophyllum nocturnum J.J.Verm., de Vogel, Schuit. & A.Vogel 2011 Papua New Guinea

  28. Bulbophyllum novemfilum P.O'Byrne & P.T.Ong 2014 penninsular Malaysia

  29. Bulbophyllum octorhopalon Seidenf. 1975 penninsular Malaysia

  30. Bulbophyllum papillosofilum Carr 1929 Penninsular Malaysia

  31. Bulbophyllum porphyrotriche J.J.Verm. 1991 - Sabah Borneo

  32. Bulbophyllum psilorhopalon Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  33. Bulbophyllum rigidifilum J.J.Sm. 1920 Western Sumatra

  34. Bulbophyllum schuitemanii J.J.Verm., 2008 Papua New Guinea

  35. Bulbophyllum sp

  36. Bulbophyllum sp. 47 New Guinea

  37. Bulbophyllum sp. 56 New Guinea

  38. Bulbophyllum sp. 72

  39. *Bulbophyllum spodotriche J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008

  40. *Bulbophyllum stenomeris J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 - Sulawesi

  41. *Bulbophyllum cf streptotriche J.J.Verm. 1991 Borneo

  42. Bulbophyllum tarantula Schuit. & de Vogel 2005 Papua New Guinea

  43. Bulbophyllum tindemansianum J.J.Verm., de Vogel & A.Vogel 2010 Bismark Archipelago

  44. Bulbophyllum tinekeae Schuit. & de Vogel 2005 Papua New Guinea

  45. Bulbophyllum trirhopalon Schltr.1913 New Guinea

  46. *Bulbophyllum undecifilum J.J.Sm. 1927 Borneo Java

  47. *Bulbophyllum upupops Verm, O'Byrne & Lamb 2015 Sarawak Borneo

  48. *Bulbophyllum vesiculosum J.J.Sm. 1917 Penninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Sabah Borneo and Sulawesi

  49. *Bulbophyllum xanthomelanon J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 Sulawesi

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129 195, 2008 Vermuellen; Thirty Two New Species of Bulbophyllum (Orchidaceae)from Sulawesi J.J. VERMEULEN 1 AND P. O’BYRNE Gard. Bulletin Singapore 60 (1): 73-153 2008; Flora of China 25: 404–440. 2009; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014;