Bulbophyllum elatum (Hook.f.) J.J.Sm. 1912 SECTION Brachyantha Rchb.f 1861

Flower Closeup

Photos courtesy of R Hromniak and A. Sieder and The Bulbophyllum A to Z Page

Full shade Cool Cold SummerFall

Common Name The Tall Bulbophyllum - In China Gao Jing Juan Ban Lan

Flower Size .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm]

Found in southern Xizang and northwestern Yunnan provinces of China, Assam, India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Vietnam in broad-leafed forests at elevations around 1600 to 2500 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with .4" [1 cm] betweeen each conical-cylindric, tapering towards the apex pseudobulbs and carrying a single, apical, oblong to narrowly-oblong, emarginate apically, gradually narrowing below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a basal, decurved, umbellate, densely many flowered, slender, 7.2 to 12.8" [18 to 32 cm] long inflorescence with 3 distant, lanceolate, tubular basally sheaths and narrowly lanceolate, acute to subacuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms *Cirrhopetalum elatum Hook.f. 1890; Phyllorchis elata (Hook.f.) Kuntze 191

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1891 as Cirrhopetalum elatum drawing ok; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cirrhopetalum elatum drawing good; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum elatum; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing good; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo? good; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2008; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;