Bulbophyllum cheiri Lindl. 1844 SECTION Sestochilus [Breda]Benth & Hkr.f 1883

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Plant and Flower

EARLY Summer

Common Name The Hand Bulbophyllum [refers to the flowers general shape]

Flower Size .83" [2.8 cm] long

Found in Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi and the Philippines in mangrove woodlands and other lowland forests as an epiphyte and on sea-facing cliffs as a lithophyte at elevations of sealevel to 500 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] between each cylindrical, short pseudobulb carrying a single apical, erect, oblong, blunt, bilobed, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a basal, erect, [.4" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a few basal, imbricate sheaths and carrying fragrant flowers

B cheiri has resupinate flowers with a different lip and fragrant flowers that do not smell well while B megalanthum has sweetly scented flowers that are non-resupinate, a different column and a different lip shape.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum cheiri var subuliferum [Schltr.] Verm O'Byrne and Lamb 2015; Bulbophyllum copelandi Ames 1905; Bulbophyllum megalanthum Griff.1851; Bulbophyllum praestans Kraenzl. 1904; Bulbophyllum subuliferum Schltr. 1911; Bulbophyllum whitfordii Rolfe 1905; Phyllorchis cheiri (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorchis megalantha (Griff.) Kuntze 1891; Sarcopodium cheiri (Lindl.) Lindl. & Paxton 1850; Sarcopodium megalanthum (Griff.) Lindl. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905 as B whitfordii; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905 as B copelandii; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as B copelandii drawing fide; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as B whitfordii; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as B praestans; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as B subuliferum drawing fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo not = Bulb masdevalliceum; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as B whitfordii; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchidaniana Philippiana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as B copelandii; Orchidiana Philippiana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as B whitfordii; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as a syn of B blumei not; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 as B aff. cheiri another species; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as B copelandii; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 2 2005; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Verm. & O'Byrne 2011 drawing ok; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as B copelandii photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as B whitfordii photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;

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