*SECTION Saurocephalum J J Verm 2014

Type: Bulbophyllum saurocephalum Rchb. f. 1886

These orchids have creeping, erect to pendent rhizomes with the shoots developing from nodes beneath the pseudobulbs but not fused to them and have glabrous to papillose bracts. They give rise to distinct pseudobulbs carrying a single, persistent, thick, inconspicuously veined leaf that blooms on an erect, arising from the nodes beneath the pseudobulb, peduncle with 3 to 5 bracts, rachis distinctly thickened or not, elongate, racemose, many flowered inflorescence with non amplexicaul floral bracts and the basal node of the pedicel is level with the attachment of the floral bract and carrying spirally arranged, resupinate, simultaneously opening flowers. The sepals are free, the dorsal ovate, obovate to elliptic, deeply hooded towards the apex, rounded to obtuse, [B hastiferum is apiculate], 3 veined, margins entire, glabrous to papillose to ciliate, the abaxial side glabrous to papillose to pubescent, the lateral sepals the same but partially or fully adherent to connate along the lower margins, ovate to triangular, flat towards the apex, obtuse to acute and 3 to 4 veined. The petals are 1 veined. The stelida are 1/2 the length of the column or shorter, elliptic, oblong to wedge shaped to sub-triangular, distinctly sigmoid near the apex, the upper margin with a wing, that is larger than the stelida. There are 4 pollina with the inner ones almost as long as the outer ones.

This section has 16 species occuring in forests at elevations up to 1400 meters in Sulawesi and the Philippines

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 anakbaruppui J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2003 Sulawesi

  2. Bulbophyllum ankylodon J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 Sulawesi

  3. Bulbophyllum condylochilum J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 Sulawesi

  4. Bulbophyllum efferatum J J Verm & O'Byrne 2011 Sulawesi

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

  6. *Bulbophyllum hastiferum Schltr. 1911 Sulawesi

  7. Bulbophyllum illecebrum J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2003 Sulawesi

  8. *Bulbophyllum kiamfeeanum J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne Sep 2008 Sulawesi

  9. Bulbophyllum molle J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 Sulawesi

  10. *!Bulbophyllum saurocephalum Rchb. f. 1886 the Philippines

  11. Bulbophyllum stenuroides J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2011 Sulawesi

  12. Bulbophyllum stenurum J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2003 Sulawesi

  13. Bulbophyllum trigonobulbum Schltr. & J.J.Sm. 1914 Sulawesi

  14. *Bulbophyllum uviflorum P.O'Byrne 1999 Sulawesi

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi J J Verm * O'Byrne 2011; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;