Bulbophyllum adelphidium J.J.Verm. 1993 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889


Plant in situ Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Photos by David Kuehn.

FragranceFull shade CoolLATE SpringSummer

Common Name The Little Brother Bulbophyllum [refers to its relationship with the larger Bulbophyllum lasianthum]

Flower Size .234" [6 mm]

Found in northern Sumatra in primary forests on tree branches and trunks near the forest floor at elevations around 1200 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] between each cylindrical, slightly compressed pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, elliptic to obovate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on an arching, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, 18 to 30 flowered inflorescence carrying flowers that smell of rotting shrimp, Yum!

This orchid is very similar to B lasianthum but this one differs in the shorter inflorescence, denser raceme, as well as smaller flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *BLUMEA 38 (1993) 145-155 J J Vermeulen 1993 drawing fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide