Bulbophyllum sunipia J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014 SECTION Ione [Lindley] J J Verm Schuit & de Vogel 2014


Plants and flowers in situ Thailand

Photos by Manorot Tangsaveepha and his Butterfly and Orchids Website

Full shadeWarmCold SpringEARLYSummer

Common Name The Sunipia Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Nepal, Bhutan, northeastern India, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunann China on tree trunks in sparse woods at elevations of 900 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with 3/4 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] between each ovoid to obliquely ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, oblong to linear-oblong, obtuse, emarginate to obliquely emarginate, basally narrowing, strongly keeled below leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a slender, glabrous, red brown, longer than the leaf, 4.8 to 14.4" [12 to 36 cm] long, laxly 12 to many flowered inflorecence with a slightly zigzag rachis, prominent, scarious [at flowering], ovate, floral bracts

Synonyms Ione racemosa Seidenfaden 1969 excludes syn Stelis racemose; Ione scariosa (Lindl.) King & Pantl.1898; Ione scariosa var magnibracteata Kerr 1933; Ione siamensis Rolfe 1908; Ornithidium bracteatum Wall. ex Lindl. 1853; Sunipia racemosa T. Tang & F.T. Wang 1951 excludes syn Stelis racemose; Sunipia scariosa Lindl 1833

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Ione scariosa drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Ione siamensis; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 as Ione siamensis not = B australe; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections drawing fide; Botanisk Tidsskrift Notes on the Genus Ione Seidenfaden 1969 as Ione racemosa drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994 as Sunipia racemosa; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing good; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing hmm; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo plant only; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo hmm; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 ; Phytotaxa 166 (2): 101113 J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 as Sunipia scariosa; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;