Bulbophyllum dryas Ridl. 1915 SECTION Aeschynanthoides Carr 1930

TYPE for the section


Photo by David Kuehn

Part Sun WarmCoolWinter

Common Name The Graceful Bulbophyllum [Dryas is a greek Tree Nymph]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra in lower and upper montane forests in very exposed, dry locations at elevations around 1300 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with discoid, non-flattened pseudobulbs and carrying a single apical, erect, thick, elliptical, light green, shortly petiolate leaf that blooms in the winter on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular floral bract.

CAUTION Slight variations from the TYPE here such as in the lip ridges which almost converge and the lack of horns at the apex of the column and the differences in lip coloring.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 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 Sarawak Beeman & Wood Beaman etal 2001 as B aff dryas; 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 Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;