Bulbophyllum impar Ridl. 1917 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Drawing by Ridley

Part shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Unequal Bulbophyllum [refers to the unequal sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sumatra at elevations of 1300 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a thin, branching rhizome giving rise to ovate, quadrangular, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] between each, yellow pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, obovate to oblanceolate, obtuse, narrowing below into the short, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a very short, peduncle .48" [1.2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying white flowers thickly spotted with purple.


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