Bulbophyllum bacilliferum J.J.Sm. 1928 SECTION Pelma [Finet] Schlechter 1913


Drawing by J J Vermeulen and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot WarmSummer

Common Name The Berry Carrying Bulbophyllum [refers to the scarsely opening flowers]

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in the Moluccas, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands at elevations of 400 to 800 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a pendulous, elongate rhizome with 1 to 1.8" [2.5 to 4.5 cm] between each ovoid, somewhat flattened pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate to elliptic, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a from the rhizome, 4.4 to6" [11 to 15 cm] long overall, peduncle .4 to .68" [1 to 1.7 cm] long, 4 to 8 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute floral bracts.

Vermuellen & Lewis in 1991 described B melanoxanthum stating that it differed in the structure of the basal teeth of the lip: in B melanoxanthum the teeth are touching along most of the entire front margin while in B bacilliferum they only touch at the apex leaving a distinct channel between towards the base. As of now this has been found to be not enough to keep B melanoxanthum with its separate species status.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum melanoxanthum J.J.Verm. & B.A.Lewis 1991; Pelma bacilliferum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. & Kulak 2007; Pelma melanoxanthum (J.J.Verm. & B.A.Lewis) Szlach. & Kulak 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of the Solomon Islands 1991 Lewis & Cribb as B melanoxanthum drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 as B melanoxanthum drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as B melanoxanthum