Bulbophyllum fionae J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by J J Vermeulen

Full Shade Warm Cool Winter

Common Name Fiona's Bulbophyllum [granddaughter of Yunus, driver in Rantepao, Sulawesi]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sulawesi in low montane forest near streams at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a rhizome with non-persistent bracts with .08 to .12" [.2 to .3 cm] between each distinct, more or less erect, ovoid, slightly angular pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ellitic to ovate, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a porrect, peduncle ca .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long , provided with 3 bracts, raceme 1.4" [3.5 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with an acute, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers that do not fully open with the sepals and petals pale yellow, adaxially densely spotted with purplish red and an orange red lip that is white near the base.

"Morphologically, B. fionae seems most similar to B. elassoglossum Siegerist. This has, however, much larger flowers (sepals .96" [24 mm] long, petals .4"[10 mm] long) and a lip which is papillose abaxially. B. entobaptum differs in having a ciliolate median sepal, longer and narrower, long-ciliate petals and a partly papillose lip." J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Gard. Bull. Singapore 60:147 fig 31 J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing/photo fide