Bulbophyllum carnosilabium Summerh. 1953 publ. 1954 SECTION Megaclinium G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep.

Drawing by Vermeulen

Common Name The Fleshy Lip Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire in lowland and hill forests at elevations up to 850 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a shorter rhizome with .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] between each very narrowly ovoid to almost cylindrical, flattened, 2 to 4 angled pseudobulb carrying 2, apical, linear to linear-lanceolate, obtuse apically, emarginate, oblique, coriaceous, rather thin to rather thick, midrib slightly prominent abaxially, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect to patent, peduncle swollen and flattened towards the apex, 2 to 3.8" [5 to 9.5 cm] long, glabrous, with 5 to 8 tubular, obtuse to subacute, membraneous bracts, rachis erect, widened and flattened, blade-like, edges sharp, almost straight, 2.4 to 12" [6 to 30 cm] long, glabrous, some open simultaneously, secund, 8 to 34 flowered inflorescence that is 4 to 16" [10 to 40 cm] long overall, with relexed, oblong, acute to acuminate apically, margins folded inwards, membraneous, broadly based floral bracts and carrying distichous, reddish flowers that do not open well and are placed along the median line of the rachis .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide;