Bulbophyllum lemniscatoides Rolfe 1890 SECTION Lemniscata Pfitz 1889

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright , and the Butterfly and Orchids Photo Gallery


Common Name The Lemniscatum-Like Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests and savana-like woodlands on tree trunks at elevations of 300 to 1670 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a branching rhizome giving rise to close set, smooth, sheathed [when new], ovoid, slightly flattened, shriveled with longitudinal furrows in growth, few to several angled pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, suberect, softly leathery, linear-lanceoalte to elongate-oblong, obtuse, petiolate to sessile, deciduous leaves falling off as it blooms in the fall on an erect, 10" [25 cm] long, rachis abruptly pendent 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence arising on a leafless, mature pseudobulb with the flowers held way above the leaf in a dense, cylindric, pendulous cluster at the apex carrying fragrant flowers subtended by small, narrow, papery bracts.

This species, if found in an area with a dry season, has deciduous leaves and flowers before the new growth arises.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B lemniscatum; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 photo fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 #2 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 10 2001 photo fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2002 Photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing/photo fide; Slipper Orchids of Vietnam Averyanov, Cribb, Loc & Hiep 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Nyan Tun Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;