Bulbophyllum chinense (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861 SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861

Drawing by Miss Drake and Edward's Botanical Register Website

Common Name The Chinese Bulbophyllum - In China Zhong Hua Juan Ban Lan

Flower Size .4" [1cm]

Found in Guangdong province of China as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome that has an oblong-ovoid pseudobulb carrying a single, subsessile, lanceolate leaf that blooms in the summer on a basal, erect, slender, 4.8" [12 cm], often 9 to 10 flowered, umbellate inflorescence with 2 tubular sheaths and lanceolate floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

"The relation between B. chinense (Lindl.) Rchb.f. and B. blaoense Aver. et Tich vis a vis B bicolor remains unclear due to scarcity of available materials for study. It is quite probable that all these taxa are desire varietal status of lone variable B. bicolor widely distributed in southern China, Vietnam and Laos with extreme northeastern enclave in Hong Kong. Available specimens of Bulb funingense differs from in entire margin of median sepal (not denticulate or fimbriate) and curiously ciliate or fimbriate frontal surface of operculum." Averyanov etal 2016

Synonyms *Cirrhopetalum chinense Lindl. 1842; Phyllorkis chinensis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cirrhopetalum chinense; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Taiwania 61(4):319-354 November 2016, New Species of Orchids (Orchidaceae) in the Flora of Vietnam Averyanov, Nong, Nguyen and Truong 2016