Bulbophyllum mearnsii Ames 1913 SECTION Lepidorhiza Schlechter 1911

Another Flower Aspect

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Common Name Mearns' Bulbophyllum [Discoverer of Species]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Sulawesi and the Philippines as an small sized, epiphyte around elevations of 900 meters with 1/2" between each cylindrical, tapering, non angular pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, leathery, elliptic to obovate, channeled below into the 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to patent, lax, 22" [55 cm] long, successively single few [6] flowered inflorescence that has several, funnel shaped bracts.

This species and the following are all related within the so called B nymphopolitanum complex and are similar in appearance, B nymphopolitanum, B papulosum, B recurvilabre, B trigonosepalum, B levanae and B basisetum .

Synonyms Bulbophyllum carinatum Ames 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 6 1997 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; the Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2011 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing/photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;