Bulbophyllum dolabriforme J.J.Verm. 1987 SECTION Megaclinium G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep.

TYPE Drawing by Vermeullen


Common Name The Axe-Shaped Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in northwestern Nigeria in lowland forests at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a very short rhizome with .012 to .024" [.03 to .06 cm] between each ovoid, moderately flattened, obtusely 4 angled, dark green suffused with red, pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, oblong to broadly lanceolate, obtuse apically, not to hardly emarginate, not oblique, dark green suffused with red, coriaceous, thick, midrib hardly prominent abaxially, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, wiry, pale green finely spotted with red, swollen towards the apex, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, glabrous, with 4 tubular, acute to acuminate, membraneous bracts, rachis patent, slightly swollen, spindle shaped, slightly flattened, glabrous, .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, almost all simultaneously open, slightly secund, laxly, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence that is 1.6 to 3" [4 to 7.5 cm] long overall, with spreading, membraneous, narrowly ovate to broadly ovate-oblong, acuminate, rather broad base, floral bracts and carrying distichous, not fully open flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide;