Bulbophyllum basisetum J.J. Sm. 1929 SECTION Lepidorhiza Schlechter 1911

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Photos by Ron Parsons

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Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in the Philippines as a hot growing, miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid with obliquely ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, leathery, lanceolate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms on a basal, erect, 3.4" [8.5 cm] long, few flowered, purple, shiny inflorescence with erect, tubular, adpressed bracts and carrying successively opening, shiny, fragrant flowers

This species and the following are all related within the so called B nymphopolitanum complex and are similar in appearance, B nymphopolitanum, B papulosum, B recurvilabre, B trigonosepalum, B levanae and B mearnsii .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2011 photo/drawing fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide