Bulbophyllum caudatum Lindley 1829 SECTION Brachyantha Rchb.f 1861

Photo by Tropical Orchid Farm

Bulbophyllum caudatum 'Trident' CHM/AOS Lindley 1829

Photo and award winning plant grown by Wilford Neptune

Part shadeCoolTo WarmLATESpringTo EARLYSummer

Common Name The Tailed Bulbophyllum - in China Wei E Juan Ban Lan

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Xizang province of China, northeastern India, Nepal and Sikkim on tree trunks in tropical valleys at elevations of 500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, mat-forming, cool to warm growing epiphyte with a long woody rhizome with 1.12" to 2.8" [2.8 to 7 cm] between each ovoid, slightly angular, compressed, grooved pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short, basal inflorescence with a few basal, lanceolate, acute sheaths and lanceolate floral bracts all carrying an apical umbel of a few flowers.

This orchid does best mounted on tree fern.

Similar to B vaginatum but smaller in all aspects.

Synonyms Cirrhopetalum caudatum [Lindley] King & Pantling 1898; Phyllorchis caudata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cirrhopetalum caudatum drawing good; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum caudatum drawing fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchid Genera in Thailand Seidenfaden 1990; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as B sterile not photo fide to B caudatum; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 as B sterile not - drawing mostly [has plant drawing copied from Lamarck Epidendrum sterile] flower drawing fide/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;