Bulbophyllum kaitiense Rchb.f. 1861 SECTION Brachyantha Rchb.f 1861

Drawing by Hooker and The Plant Illustration Website.


Common Name The Kaitia Bulbophyllum [refers to a hill in the Nilghiri Hills]

Flower Size .5" [1 cm]

Found in southern India as a miniature sized cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters with 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] between each squat, conical pseudobulb carrying a single, erect, oblong, rounded gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a basal, erect, 3" [7.5 cm] long, 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence holding the flowers in an apical umbel.

Synonyms *Cirrhopetalum nilgherrense Wight 1853; Phyllorkis kaitiensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Cirrhopetalum neilgherrense;