Bulbophyllum megalanthum Griff. 1851 SECTION Sestochilos [Breda] Benth & Hook.f. 1883

Plant and non resupinate flower

Photos by Irma and The Orchid Source Website


Common Name The Mt Mariveles Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 3.12" [7.8 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, the Moluccas and the Philippines at elevations up to 550 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with 4" [10 cm] between each, small pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, leathery, elliptic, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, basal, to 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying a non resupinate flower that has a sweet scent.

This orchid is often cited as a synonym of B cheiri but it has resupinate flowers with a different lip and fragrant flowers that do not smell well while this one has sweetly scented flowers that are non resupinate, a different column and a different lip shape.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Blumea 38: 347 J.J.Verm. & A.L.Lamb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 J J Vermuellen 1991 as B cheri photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood Beaman etal 2001; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;