Bulbophyllum elephantinum J J Sm. 1913 SECTION Hyalosema Schlechter 1911

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Photo by Nordhausen and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cool winter

Common Name The Elephant-Like Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in montane forests at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with wide set, obliquely ovoid, rhombic in cross section pseudoblbs carrying a single, apical, oblong, flesshy-coriaceous, rigid, apex recurved, obtuse, slightly retuse, apiculate; midrib above grooved, underneath obtuse, prominent, narrowing below into the conduplicate-channelled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on 2 from the base of the pseudobulbs, erect, peduncle in cross-section elliptic, c. 6" [15 cm] long, provided with with c. 5 small, towards the apex more lax and larger, tubular, inflated, laterally compressed, acute, keeled, impressed punctate sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with similar to the upper sheaths, acuminate floral bracts.

CAUTION I have no way of personally verifying either of the above species as to if they both are this species or just one of them or neither so please use with caution!!!!

Synonyms Hyalosema elephantinum (J.J.Sm.) Rolfe 1919

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo good;