Bulbophyllum kivuense J.J.Verm. 1986 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

TYPE Drawing by Vermeullen


Common Name The Kivu Bulbophyllum {A Lake in western Rwanda

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in western Rwanda in montane forests at elevations aaround 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a cylindrical rhizome with 2 to 2.2" [5 to 5.5 cm] between each very almost cylindrical, slightly thickened towards the base, slightly flattened, inconspicuously and obtusely 5 angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, linear, obtuse, emarginate, usually oblique or not, coriaceous rather thick, mid rib slightly prominent abaxially leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, peduncle 5.6" [14 cm] long, slightly swollen towards the apex, flattened overall, glabrous, 2 bracted, to 8" [to 20 cm] long overall, rachis erect, terete to slightly swollen, 2.4 to 4.8" [6 to 12 cm] slightly zig zag, bent, glabrous, densely 24 to 48 flowered inflorescence with recurved, oblong, membraneous, acute apically, basally broad, keeled and glabrous abaxially floral bracts and carrying distichous, secund, many open simultaneously, partially open, probably greenish flowers suffused with purple. .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide;