Bulbophyllum bracteatum F.M.Bailey 1891 SECTION Adelopetalum [Fitz] J.J. Verm. 1993

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Photo by Mark Clements Copyright 2009,

Flower Closeup

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Common Name The Bracteate Bulbophyllum [refres to the large bracts on the inflorescence] - In Australia The Blotched Pineapple Orchid

Flower Size 1/8" [.5 cm]

Found as a unifoliate species from south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales at elevations of 400 to 1000 meters and below in coastal lowlands on the upper branches on rainforest trees with bright light as an epiphyte or occasional lithophyte on exposed rock faces and boulders forming dense mats as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to crowded, pale green to yellowish, deeply ribbed, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erct to suberect, tough, leathery, rigid, pale green to yellowish, ovate to elliptic-oblong, obtuse to rounded apically, shortly petiolate bselow into the base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a basal, erect, thin, 4" [10 cm] long, many [24] flowed inflorescence that is the length of the leaf and carries the flowers in an apical pendent cluster at right angles to the peduncle.

Synonyms Adelopetalum bracteatum [F. M. Bailey] Fitzg. 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; The Orchids of New South Wales Rupp 1969; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 drawing fide; 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 Adelopetalum bracteatum photo good; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide