Bulbophyllum spathulatum (Rolfe ex E. Cooper) Seidenf. 1970

SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861 Photo courtesy of Linda & Mikael Karlbom,

Another Flower Photos courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens and Their Website

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Bob Fallon Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Sheathed Bulbophyllum - In China Chi E Juan Ban Lan - In Thailand Singto Chon

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in tropical valleys at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte in the Assam, eastern Himalayas, Sikkim, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam in light shade with a woody rhizome with 2.4" to 3.6" [6 cm to 9 cm] between each cylindric-ovate, narrow, suberect to oblique pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, oblong-elliptical, obtuse to subacute, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring on a basal, stout, 3/4" [2 cm] long inflorescence with broadly tubular, imbricate sheaths and oblong-ovate to lanceolate, acute floral bracts all carrying the few, ephemeral flowers held in an umbel.

This species needs to be mounted to accomodate the sprawling growth habit.

Synonyms *Cirrhopetalum spathulatum Rolfe ex E.Cooper 1929; Rhytionanthos spathulatus (Rolfe ex E.W.Cooper) L.A.Garay, F.Hamer & E.S.Siegerist 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; Orchid Genera in Thailand Vol VIII Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum bhotanense? photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing fide; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 as Rhytionanthos spathulatum; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 as Rhytionanthos spathulatum photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Rhytionanthos spathulatum; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as Rhytionanthos spathulatum photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Rhytionanthos spathulatus; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 as B spathaceum description not - photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide

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