Bulbophyllum colubrinum (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1861 SECTION Megaclinium G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep.

Photo by Art Vogel

Plant and Flower

Photo by Guy Rammette and his Orchids Gabon Website

Partial shade Hot Warm LATER Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Crawling Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Zaire and Angola in lowland and submontane forests at elevations of 100 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] between each ellipsoid, slightly compressed, 2 to 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, lanceolate, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and early summer on a 6 to 20" [15 to 50 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with a swollen, flattened, smooth to indented, yellowish green spotted with purple rachis with the flowers set alternately on each side.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum decipiens Schltr. 1905; Bulbophyllum gabunense Schltr. 1905; Bulbophyllum imschootianum (Rolfe) De Wild. 1921; Bulbophyllum inaequale Rchb.f. 1886; Bulbophyllum makakense J.B.Hansen 1959; *Megaclinium colubrinum Rchb.f. 1855; Megaclinium imschootianum Rolfe 1895; Megaclinium inaequale Rchb.f. 1886; Phyllorchis colubrina (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Megaclinium colubrium; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 4 1959 as B makakense photo/drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegrist 2001; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001