Bulbophyllum bavonis J.J.Verm. 1984 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Drawing by J J Vermeullen


Common Name The ? Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in the southern highlands of Tanzania in montane forests on trunks and branches among mosses and ferns at elevations of 1500 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with an elongate wiry rhizome with .8 to 3.6" [ 2 to 9 cm] between each ovoid to narrowly ovoid, slightly flattened, 4 angled, green suffused with red pseudobulb carrying 2 apical, oblong to lanceolate, rounded to obtuse apically, usually emarginate, either oblique or not, coriaceous, thick, midrib slightly prominent abaxially, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect to patent, rather wiry, .48 to 1.44" [1.2 to 3.6 cm] long, glabrous, with 5 to 6 tubular, acute membraneous bracts, rachis slightly arching to nodding, terete, either slightly zig zag, bent or not, .92 to 2.96" [2.3 to 7.4 cm] long, rather laxly, many simultaneously open, 4 to 18 flowered inflorescence that is 1.4 to 4.4" [3.5 to 11 cm] long overall, with recurved, deltoid to ovate, acute, broadly based floral bract and carrying distichous, wide not fully open flowers with pale green tepals tinged with purple or entirely brownish and a yellow lip. .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995;