Bulbophyllum claptonense Rolfe 1905 SECTION Sestochilus [Breda]Benth & Hkr.f 1883

Photo by Zainal Abidin Bin Othman

Flower Closeup

Photo by Jo Levy Copyright , Leslie Garay Archives

Common Name The Clapton Bulbophyllum [A town in Australia where the plant was raised]

Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]

Found in northeastern Borneo in mmoxed tall forests at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 between each distinct, ovoid to ellipsoid pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, ellptic to ovate to obovate, obtuse, petilate base leaf that blooms on an erect, 4 to 6.4" [10 to 17 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence

Part of the B lobii complex, often refered to as a synonym of, but resurrected recently as a species. Differs from Bulbophyllum lobbii Lindley 1847 in the large thickened callus in the middle of the labellum

Synonyms Bulbophyllum lobbii f. claptonense (Rolfe) O'Brien 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 6 2006/7 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #8 2014 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;OrchidDigest Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide