Bulbophyllum hamelinii W.Watson 1893 SECTION Alcistachys Schlechter 1924

Photo by Olaf Pronk


Common Name Hamelin's Bulbophyllum [French Orchid Collector in Madgascar died in 1900]

Flower Size

Found in Madagascar in humid, evergreen forests at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a large sized [largest in Madagascar], warm growing epiphyte with discoid, compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, elliptic leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a basal, peduncle 10" [25 cm] long, rachis 4.4" [11 cm] long, arcuate, densely to 150 flowered inflorescence with ovate-oblong, reddish longer below to shorter above than the flowers floral bracts and carrying malodorous flowers.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum hamelinii Rolfe 1902 nom. illeg.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb and Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018;