Bulbophyllum alinae Szlach. 2001 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Photo by Vincent Droissart and The Orchidaceae of Central Africa WebSite

Part shade Hot Winter

Common Name Alina's Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Cameroon in forests at elevations around 200 meters as a miniature to just small sized, hot growing epiphyte with 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] between each narrowly conical-ovoid, triangular to 5 ridged, pale green pseduobulb carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, rather thick, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, medium green above, pale green beneath leaf that blooms in the winter on a basal, to 16.2" [to 40.5 cm] long, rachis not flattened, rather dense, glabrous, subsecund, to 25 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acute, more or less as long as the pedicel and ovary floral bracts.

Similar to and often cited as a synonym of B saltatorum this species differs in the hairs on the lip apex are distinctly longer than the entire lip, flattened and widened to appear as laminae than hairs. The petals are as long as the sepals and the stelida are obviously dentate on the upper margins.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing fide