Bulbophyllum bowkettiae F.M.Bailey SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders


Common Name Boukett's Bulbophyllum - In Australia The Striped Snake Orchid

Flower Size 1/4 to 3/8" [.06 to .08 cm]

A miniature Australian species found in the state of Queensland at elevations of 600 to 1200 meters in rainforest trees and on rocks and boulders as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing unifoliate epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with widely spaced, slightly compressed, deeply grooved pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, dark green, fleshy, tough, bilobed apically leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a basal, erect, 1/8 to 3/8" [.5 to 1 cm] long inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves carries a single flower.

This species likes a treefern or cork mount, moist, humid conditions, warm to cool temperatures and indirect light.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum waughense Rupp 1951; Phyllorchis boukettae (F.M. Bailey) Kuntze 1891; Serpenticaulis bowkettiae (F.M.Bailey) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Miniature Orchdis NcQueen 1992; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 2 2003 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Serpenticaulis bowkettiae photo fide