Bulbophyllum capituliflorum Rolfe 1906 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Murielle Simo-Droissart and Her Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website

Full shade Hot

Common Name The Small Head Carrying Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Gabon, Congo and Zaire in primary lowland forests as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with .28" to 1/2" [.7 to 1.2 cm] between each ovoid to orbicular, slightly flattened, obtusely 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, thick, broadly elliptic to lanceolate, acute to shortly acuminate, either emarginate or not, not oblique, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on a basal, erect, wiry or not, glabrous, .6 to 2.4" [1.5 to 6 cm] long, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with 4 to 5, tubular, acute to acuminate, membraneous, nerveless, keeled abaxially bracts and recurved, elliptic to ovate, acute to acuminate, membraneous, not keeled abaxialy floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing not