Bulbophyllum cochinealloides Hermans & Gamisch 2021 SECTION Inversiflora G A Fischer & P J Cribb

photo by Judi Stone Kew Bulletin volume 76, pages138 2021; New species and nomenclatural changes in Bulbophyllum (Orchidaceae) from Madagascar Johan Hermans, Alexander Gamisch, Landy Rajaovelona, Gunter A. Fischer, Phillip Cribb, Anton Sieder & Jacky Andriantiana 2021

Common Name The Cochineal-Like Bulbophyllum [refers to the dye cochineal which is extracted from scale insects of the genus Dactylopius which cling to the substrate of their host plant, as do the pseudobulbs of this orchid]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Madagascar in humid evergreen forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome hedden beneath the dense overlapping each other by about a third, broadly ovoid to orbicular, very compressed, lustrous, more or less rugose, yellowish green becoming yellow with age pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, spreading, flat with a shallow midvein, onblong to lanceolate, rounded, coriaceous, green, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, peduncle emerging from below the pseudobulbs where the base is covered by 2 to 3 terete sheaths, 11.2 to 12" [28 to 30 cm] long, provided with 5 to 7, tubular sheaths, rachis [16 to 18 cm] long, somewhat thicker than the peduncle yeelowish green to pink,, marker with paler streaks, successively several to many, rather densely many flowered inflorescence with scarious, lanceolate-triangular, attenuate, longer than the ovary floral bracts

"Bulbophyllum cochinealloides is characterised by its overlapping ovoid to orbicular flattened pseudobulbs, the long inflorescence with up to 50 non-resupinate flowers, the thickened, roundly ridged rachis, the lingulate-oblanceolate lip with auriculate basal wings, convex disk, finely verrucose margins, the long stelidia and the mid-lobe of the column and the lobed anther." Johan Hermans, Alexander Gamisch, Landy Rajaovelona, Gunter A. Fischer, Phillip Cribb, Anton Sieder & Jacky Andriantiana 2021

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Kew Bulletin volume 76, pages138 2021; New species and nomenclatural changes in Bulbophyllum (Orchidaceae) from Madagascar Johan Hermans, Alexander Gamisch, Landy Rajaovelona, Gunter A. Fischer, Phillip Cribb, Anton Sieder & Jacky Andriantiana 2021 drawing/photo fide

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