SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

TYPE: Bulbophyllum barbigerum Lindley 1837

Synonyms SECTION Calamaria Schlecter; SECTION Trichopus Schlechter 1924

Characterized by being epiphytes, lithophytes or terrestrials with creeping rhizomes giving rise to pseudobulbs carrying 1 or 2 leaves that blooms on an elongate to contracted, racemose, 1 to many flowered inflorescence with the rachis not to hardly thickened, usually round in section, sometimes slightly angular. The floral bracts are usually shorter to as long as the flowers [B pandanetorum has floral bracts longer than the flower]. The flowers are spirally to distichously arranged and are resupinate or not and have free sepals that are glabrous abaxially. The lip is mobile and undivided exept in B nigritianum which is trilobed. The margins are glabrous to long ciliate and are thick and solid at least at the base. The anther is without an abaxial protrusion or with a rounded protrusion that may overtop the anterior margin and carries 2 to 4 pollina.

There are thirty species at this time only in Africa occuring in savannah woodlands, mangroves, lowland and montane forests at elevations up to 2400 meters.

Species with a star are absolutely within this section those without may or may not be.

  1. Bulbophyllum alinae Szlach. 2001 Madagascar

  2. Bulbophyllum ballii P.J.Cribb 1977 Zambia and Zimbabwe

  3. *!Bulbophyllum barbigerum Lindley 1837 Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo and Zaire

  4. Bulbophyllum calvum Summerh. 1966 Nigeria and Cameroon

  5. Bulbophyllum caniceps Hermans, Sieder & Andriant. 2021 Madagascar

  6. Bulbophyllum capituliflorum Rolfe 1906 Gabon, Congo and Zaire

  7. *Bulbophyllum cochleatum Lindl. 1862 Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia

  8. Bulbophyllum cocoinum Bateman ex Lindl. 1837 Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Angola and Uganda

  9. Bulbophyllum expallidum J.J.Verm. 1984 Zaire, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania

  10. Bulbophyllum jaapii Szlach. & Olszewski 2001 Cameroon

  11. Bulbophyllum fuscum Lindl. 1839 Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  12. Bulbophyllum intertextum Lindl. 1862 Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Seychelles Islands

  13. Bulbophyllum josephi (Kuntze) Summerh. 1945Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  14. Bulbophyllum nigericum Summerh. 1962 Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon

  15. *Bulbophyllum nigritianum Rendle 1913 Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea Islands Gabon and Zaire

  16. *Bulbophyllum pandanetorum Summerh. 1953 publ. 1954 Gabon

  17. Bulbophyllum pipio Rchb.f 1876Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon

  18. Bulbophyllum rugosibulbum Summerh. 1960 Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi

  19. Bulbophyllum pumilum (Sw.) Lindl. 1830 Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Gabon, Zaire and Uganda

  20. *Bulbophyllum saltatorium Lindl. 1837 Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Central African Republic, Zaire, Rwanda, Angola and Uganda

  21. Bulbophyllum schimperianum Kraenzl. 1902 Liberia, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Zaire and Uganda

  22. *Bulbophyllum schinzianum Kraenzl. ex De Wild. & T. Durand 1862 Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroons, Gabon and Zaire

  23. Bulbophyllum stolzii Schltr. 1915 Tanzania and Malawi

  24. Bulbophyllum subligaculiferum J.J.Verm. 1987 Gabon

  25. Bulbophyllum vanum J.J.Verm. 1984 Gabon and Zaire

  26. Bulbophyllum vulcanicum Kraenzl. 1914 Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda

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