Bulbophyllum moniliforme Par & Rchb.f 1874 SECTION Minutissima Pfitzer 1888

Photo by Rogier Van Vugt and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower

Photos by Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright ,

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Part shadeHot To Warm FallWinter

Common Name The Necklace-Like Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 3/16" [1 mm]

Found in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Myanmar and Thailand as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte at elevations around 20 to 800 meters with very small, wrinkled, round, glossy green pseudobulbs in clusters with a single, apical, tiny, deciduous, erect, fleshy, oblong-elliptic, acute, apiculate, sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter after leaf-fall on an erect to suberect, basal, laterally, 3/4" [2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence holding the flowers above the leaf.

One of the smallest sized orchids of the Bulbophyllum.

It has come to my attention that for many years I have had this species and B minutissimum confused and have said they are synomonous, nothing could be farther from the truth as the photos supplied attest. Kew along with many other major orchid references have these 2 as the same species please take note that they are indeed separate. One major difference other than the flower is the fact that this one blooms after the leaf has fallen, B minutissimum always keeps its leaf when blooming.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum paramjitii Agrawala, Sharief & B.K.Singh 2016; Dendrobium nummulifolium R.King 1879; Phyllorchis moniliformis (Parish & Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 40 Bulbophyllinae 1983 drawing; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Oncophyllum minutissimum; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide; Bulbophyllum paramjitii (Orchidaceae: Epidendroideae: Malaxideae): A new species from Sikkim Himalaya, India Agrawala, Sharief & B.K.Singh 2016 Photo fide