Bulbophyllum filovagans Carr 1933 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Collection sheet by Carr and Kew Gardens Herbarium


Common Name The Thin Scattered Bulbophyllum [refers to the rhizome and pseudobulb distribution]

Flower Size

Found in northern Sumatra Near Lake Tobas at elevations around 1525 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a long creeping, very thin rhizome giving rise to erect, .4 to 1.4" [1 to 3.5 cm] between each, curved apices, ovoid, many grooved, broad one on the underside near the base pseudobulbs carrying a single, lanceolate to oblong-ovate, shortly mucronate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early fall on a basal, or from the nodes of the rhizome, peduncle filiform, provided with some basal tubular sheaths, single flowered inflorescence.

Carr states that this is a distinct species characterized by the camparitively long, oblong acuminate petals and the trilobed lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001;