Bulbophyllum falcipetalum Lindl., 1862 SECTION Megaclinium G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep.

Photo by Dominique Bonardi

Drawing by C.W. Chew and The Swiss Orchid Foundation a the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot Fallwinter

Common Name The Sickle-Shaped Petal Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Siera Leone, Gabon, Cameroon and Gabon in lowland and mangrove forests as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with .12" to 4" [.3 to 1 cm] between each ovoid to ellipsoid, moderately to distinctly flattened, 3 to 5 angled pseduobulbs carrying 2, apical, erect, coriaceous, rather thick, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, emarginate, oblique, midrib prominent abaxially, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a erect to slightly nodding, becoming fractiflex, slightly widening and flattened, with some fine dark hairs, 1.36 to 3.2" [3.4 to 8 cm] long, 7 to 15 flowered inflorescence with 6 to 8, tubular, acute to acuminate, membraneous, keeled and glabrous abaxially bracts and spreading to reflexed, elliptic, acute, membraneous, slightly keeled and glabrous abaxially floral bracts with

Synonyms Megaclinium lutescens Rolfe 1910; Phyllorkis falcipetala (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing ok