Bulbophyllum ballii P.J.Cribb 1977 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Drawing by J J Vermuellen

Another Drawing

Drawing by John Ball and The Swiss Orchid Foundation a the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part shade Warm Cool LATESummer

Common Name Ball's Bulbophyllum [English Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Zambia and Zimbabwe in lowland evergreen and riverine forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphtye with close set, ovoid to ellipsoid, hardly to moderately flattened, 4 angle pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2 apical, erect, coriaceous, thick, midrib slightly prominent abaxially, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer on a basal, erect to patent, to 3" [7.5 cm] long, several flowered, slighly swollen apically, spindle shaped inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide