Bulbophyllum cocoinum Bateman ex Lindl. 1837 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Inflorescence and Flowers

Photo by Gerardus B. Staal and his Hybrid Flask Page


Common Name or Meaning The Coconut Bulbophyllum [refers to the scent of the flowers]

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Angola and Uganda in lowland and montane rainforests at elevations around 400 to 2000 meters as a small sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, cylindrical-conical, to conical, slightly angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, slightly coriaceous, narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, acute to acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a basal, 6 to 15.2" [15 to 38 cm] long, gracefully arching, terete, densely flowered inflorescence arising in the fall that is longer than the leaves and carries several to many coconut scented flowers.

Lourens photo was sent in as B vitiense.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum andongense Rchb.f 1865; Bulbophyllum brevidenticulatum De Wildeman 1916; Bulbophyllum coriscense Rchb.f. 1881; Bulbophyllum vitiense Rolfe 1893; Phyllorkis coriscensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae 1983; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Vol 2 Cribb 1984; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 as B coriscense drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide;Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing good/photo not; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo ok;