Bulbophyllum expallidum J.J.Verm. 1984 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Photo by Eric La Croix and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria WebSite

Fragrance Part shade Warm Cold

Common Name The Not Pale Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania in mixed woodlands at elevations around 800 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or rarely as a lithophyte with .2 to .6" [.5 to 1.5 cm] between each ovoid, obscurely 4 angled, glossy yellow, rarely purple tinged pseduobulb carrying a single apical, coriaceous, bright green, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect to suberect, basal, peduncle t o2" [5 cm] long, with 2 to 5 scarious bracts rachis 3.2 to 10.4" [8 to 26 cm] long, cylindrical, 5.2 to 12.4" [13 to 31 cm] long overall, 25 to 60 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, more whitish floral bracts and carrying slightly scented flowers that do not open widely.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 photo/drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; African Orchids In Cultivation and The Wild La Croix 1997 photo good; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing good/photo not