Bulbophyllum curvifolium Schltr. 1916 SECTION Ploiarium Schlechter 1925

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade HotWarm Spring

Common Name The Curved Leaf Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .22 to .24" [5.5 to 6 mm]

Found in northeastern Madagascar in humid evergreen forests at elevations around 500 to 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] between each ovoid, 4 angled, obtuse pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, slightly recurved, linear-ligulate, attenuate and nearly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, erect, 20 to 34" [50 to 80 cm] long, 10 to 18 flowered inflorescence with widely oval, shortly acuminate, almost twice as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying sessile flowers.

This species is similar to B lineariligulatum but it differs in the smaller pseudobulbs, shorter leaves, blunter and differently shaped petals and the lip which is the same width as the apex and base but narrowed in the middle.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009