Bolusiella talbotii (Rendle) Summerh. 1936

Flower Closeup

Photos by Danny Lentz and plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name Talbot's Bolusiella [English Botanist and Plant Collector in West Africa 1900's]

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Togo in forests and coffee plantations on twigs and small branches at elevations of 900 to 1350 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying up to 12, fleshy, sword-shaped, acute leaves that are held in a fan-shape and blooms in the fall through spring on 4" [10 cm] long, somewhat laxly several flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening flowers.

Synonyms Bolusiella alinae Szlach 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; Simon & Schuster's Guide to Orchids Fanfani & Rossi 1988; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1987 genus only; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing good; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 as B alinae; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006