Bulbophyllum bracteolatum Lindl. 1838 SECTION Bulbophyllaria [Rchb.f] Griseb. 1864TYPE for the section

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Small Bract Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found from French Guiana, Surinam, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with deeply ridged, narrowly ovoid-conical, strongly tetragon, slightly oblique pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few sheaths and carrying 2, apical, rigid, strongly coriaceous, patent, slightly recurved in the apical half, slightly concave to sub-planeate, narrowly oblong, obtuse, gradually narrows below into the short, petiolate base leaf and blooms on a terete becoming swollen towards the apex, erect then arching, 12" [30 cm] long, laxly, many flowered inflorescence enveloped below by submembraneous, distant, obtuse, tubular bracts.

Synonyms Bolbophyllaria bracteolata (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1852; Bolbophyllaria sordida Rchb.f 1861; Phyllorchis bracteolata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis pachyrhyncha A.Rich. ex Benth.1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae 1983; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret, Mynik-Ejsmont, Sawicka, Ruthkowski and Baranow 2012 photo/drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014