Bulbophyllum bolsteri Ames 1912 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by Egon Krogsgaard and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name Bolster's Bulbophyllum [Original collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size .5" [1.2 cm]

Found in the Philippines at low to medium elevations as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to wrinkled, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, leathery, grooved below leaf that blooms on a slender, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 2 tubular bracts.

CAUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no way of personally verifying this determination so please use with caution. Does not even come close to Cootes 2009, I AM PRETTY SURE THIS ONE IS NOT CORRECT EVEN THOUGH IT IS WHAT IS SOLD AS B BOLSTERI COMMERCIALLY> The real B bolsteri can be seen at The Real Bulbophyllum bolsteri. AMES ORIGINAL 1912 DESCRIPTION STATES THAT THE LATERAL SEPALS ARE 16MM, THE PETALS, 6.5 MM AND THE LIP [THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART] IS 9MM THEREBY BEING LONGER THAN THE PETALS, NOT SO IN THE SPECIES IN THE PHOTO ABOVE.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973; Orchidiana Philippinana Valmayor 1984; Native Philippine Orchids Cootes 2009 photo not; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #1 2014 photo not;