*SECTION Lichenophylax Schlechter 1924

TYPE: Bulbophyllum lichenophylax Schlechter 1925

Epiphytes or lithophytes resembling moss in size with a ramified and creeping rhizome with tubular sheaths covering new growth and pseudobulb bases, disintegrating with age. The pseudobulbs are green, often laterally flattened and carry 2, elliptic, acute, thin, soft leaves that blooms on an erect, not swollen, setaceous, with sheaths and the resupinate flower is terminal with free sepals that are acute to longly caudate, 3 veined with entire to finely fimbriate margins. The petals are one veined, the margins are entire to fimnriate and the surface is occasionally finely papillose. The lip is fleshy, often swollen, glabrous or papillos with entire to fimbriate margins. The column often has a tooth in its dorsal margin. The stelids are truncate, triangular to hook shaped and carry 4 pollina

There are at least 17 species in low to high elevation, moist forests of Madagascar.

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.

  1. Bulbophyllum afzelii Schltr. 1918 Madagascar

  2. Bulbophyllum cataractarum Schltr. 1924 Madagascar

  3. Bulbophyllum debile Bosser 1989 publ. 1990 Madagascar

  4. Bulbophyllum forsythianum Kraenzl. 1900 Madagascar

  5. Bulbophyllum hapalanthos Garay 1999 Madagascar

  6. *Bulbophyllum lichenophylax Schlechter 1925 - Madagascar

  7. Bulbophyllum percoroiculatum H.Perrier 1951 Madagascar

  8. Bulbophyllum perpusillum H.Wendl. & Kraenzl. 1894 Madagascar

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014

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