Bulbophyllum mirum J.J. Sm. 1906 SECTION Plumata J J Verm, Schuit, & De Vogel 2014

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Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Gerardus Staal

Common Name The Enchanting Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Sabah Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Flores, Bali and penninsular Malaysia on mossy branches and trunks at elevations around 1000 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slow creeping, branching rhizome with 1" [2.5 cm] between each shortly ovoid to conical, acutely quadrangular, shiny olive green pseudobulbs carrying a single, oval to oblong, abruptly narrowing below into the very short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a basal, 5/8" to 1.1" [1.5 to 2.6 cm] long, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence carrying resupinate flowers

The fragrant flower is held below the pseudobulb and leaf and has lateral sepals that are 1.2 to 2" [3-5 cm] long.

Very similat to B scotinochiton but differs in always having 2 smaller flowers with narrower appendages and a less distinct deltoid wing along the lower margin of the stelida.

Synonyms Cirrhopetalum mirum (J.J. Sm.) Schltr. 1913; Rhytionanthos mirum [J.J.Sm.] Garay, Hamer & Siegrist 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 2 1984 photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as B mirum; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as B mirum; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Rhytionanthos mirum; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Rhytionanthes mirum photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Gard. Bull. Singapore 57: 133-137 J J Verm & P O'Byrne 2005 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2011 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide;