Bulbophyllum compressum Teijsm. & Binn.1862 SECTION Desmosanthes [Bl.] J.J. Sm. 1933

Photo by Eric Hunt


Photo by Art Vogel

FragranceFull shade Hot Warm LATERSummer

Common Name The Compressed Bulbophyllum [refers to the flattened pseudobulbs]

Flower Size 1/3" [8mm]

Found in Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Sulawesi in lowland and hilly montane forests on main branches of large trees at elevations of 100 to 600 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with 2 to 5.2" [5 to 13 cm] between each obovoid, flattened pseudobulb and carrying a single, apical, erect, rather thin, elliptic, medium green, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a basal, erect, 3.8 to 6.4" [9.5 to 16 cm] long, 18 to 30 flowered inflorescence with ovate to triangular floral bracts and carrying spicely fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 wrong section; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991 drawing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing/photo good; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;