Bulbophyllum masdevalliaceum Kraenzl. 1902 SECTION Ephippium Schlechter 1913

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Jo Levy Copyright , Leslie Garay Archives

Super detail showing hirsute lip sides Photo by Rich Ashby Copyright , and his Flickr Photo Website


Common Name The Masdevalia-Like Bulbophyllum - In Australia The Red Horntail Orchid

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6cm]

Found in Queensland Australia and Papua New Guinea as a miniature sized, hot growing, unifoliate epiphyte on forest trees at elevations up to 500 meters with a frequently branching, creeping rhizome carrying, 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] spaced, ovoid pseudobulbs with a solitary, apical, rather thin, ovate to elliptic, medium green, petiolate leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an 8" [20 cm] long, basal, single flowered inflorescence that holds the flower under the leaves.

A hot growing species that requires pots or slabs, partial shade, ample water and fertilizer as well as good air circulation.

This species and B blumei are quite similar in most all respects but in details with the hirsute lip and the hirsute petals in this species. Compare with this photo of B blumei Detail showing B blumei's glabrous petal and different glabrous lip Photo by Copyright The French Orchid Society Nord website

Synonyms Ephippium masdevalliaceum (Kraenzl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;