Bulbophyllum conicum Thouars 1822 SECTION Ploiarium Schlechter 1925

Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion

Photos by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by © Thouars


Common Name The Conical Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .25" [5 mm]

Found in Reunion in humid mid elevation forests at elevations of 300 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clear green, ribbed, elongate, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, linear, apically bilobed leaves that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on a basal, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, descending, rachis slightly thicker than the peduncle, to 4" [to 10cm] long, several to many flowerd inflorescence with a single bract at just below the middle

This species is often considered to be a synonym of B clavatum but I feel that there are sufficient differences to warrant keeping them apart as long as both species are determined correctly.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 drawing fide;