Bulbophyllum careyanum (Hook.) Spreng. 1826 SECTION Racemosae Benth & Hkr 1883

TYPE for the section

Photo by The Societie de Francia de Orchidees

Another Inflorescence

Photo by Jean Claude George

Part sunWarm TO CoolWinterTo Spring

Common Name Carey's Bulbophyllum [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size Less than 1/2" [less than 1.25 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam in evergreen lowland forests as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 200 to 2100 meters with remote, spherical to oblong, lightly grooved pseudobulbs with a single apical, oblong to linear oblong, tapering at each end, sub-sessile below , sub-acute and notched apically leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a basal, stout, brown, to 9 1/4" [23 cm] long, lateral to hanging, many flowered inflorescence with many lanceolate, brown bracts and carrying foul smelling flowers with lanceolate floral bracts that are longer than the ovary and all held in a dense cylindric raceme.

Best grown on tree fern or cork, kept wet although allowed to dry out and hot to cool conditions with slight shade.

Synonyms *Anisopetalum careyanum Hook. 1825; Bulbophyllum careyanum var ochraceum Hkr. 1890; Bulbophyllum cupreum auct. no Lindl 1862; Bulbophyllum cupreum Hook. non Lindl. 1862; Phyllorchis purpurea (Hook.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis purpurea D. Don 1825; Tribrachia purpurea [D.Don] Lindl. 1826;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 2 1959 as B careyanum var ochraceum photo fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 drawing not = B tricorne; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 as B careyanum var ochraceum drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae 1983; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 photo not??; Orchids of Northwest Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 12 1987 photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing ok; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 drawing hmm/photo ok; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Slipper Orchids of Vietnam Averyanov, Cribb, Loc & Hiep 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo hmm; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 PHOTO FIDE; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide