Bulbophyllum monstrabile Ames 1915 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889

Another Angle

Photos by Bernard Mcdonald

Collection sheet and Drawing

Collection sheet and Drawing by Ames and The Harvard University Herbaria Website


Common Name The Largest Bulbophyllum [Refers to the plant size]

Flower Size

Found in the Philippines at elevations around 500 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with elongate cylindrical, grooved pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, rigid, grooved, petiolate 2" [5 cm] long, base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, arising from the rhizome, slender, short to 6" [to 15 cm] long, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with several, elongate, funnel-shaped floral bracts and carrying red flowers.

This species is similar to B magnum but this one differs mostly in the flowers that do not exceed the bracts much and the pointed lip

According to Ames this is the Philippines largest Bulbophyllum.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philippiana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 11 Verm, Cootes & Suarez 2013 drawing fide