Bulbophyllum alexandrae Schltr. 1925 SECTION Kinethrix Schlechter 1910

Photo by Olaf Pronk and His Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar Website


Common Name Alexander's Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in east central to south central Madagascar in seasonally dry, deciduous as well as humid, evergreen forests at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or semi-lithophyte with a very thick rhizome entirely enveloped by narrowly adpressed sheaths giving rise to close-set, ovoid, glossy, yellow brown, 4-angled pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, oblong-ligulate to ligulate, coriaceous leaves that are slightly attenuate towards the base which blooms in the later spring and summer on a basal 16" [40 cm] long, densely 12 to 15 flowered inflorescence with 5 to 6 adpressed sheaths and carrying relexed flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing good; Adansonia, sér. 3, 22: 169 Contribution à l’étude des Orchidaceae de Madagascar et des Mascareignes. XXIX. Révision de la section Kainochilus du genre Bulbophyllum Jean BOSSER 2000 drawig fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;