Bulbophyllum napellii Lindl. 1842 SECTION Napellii Rchb.f 1861

TYPE for the section

Plant and Flower

Side View of Flower

Photos by Rudi Hromniak and his © and his Orchid Webpage

Plant in situ in Brazil

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Part shadeWarmTo Cool Fall

Common Name The Napellus-Like Bulbophyllum [Refers to the flowers similarity to Aconitum napellus]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the coastal Atlantic forest, in the southeast area of Brazil in wind blown, misty montane rainforests on moss-covered stunted trees at elevations of 300 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 4" space between each, elongate, conical, light green pseudobulb carrying a single, linear, obtuse, conduplicate below into the base leaf and blooms in the summer on a basal, 4" [10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

The in situ plant photo is of an orchid near Salesopolis Brazil at elevation of 300 meters.

Bulbophyllum napelli differs from B. regnellii Rchb.f. by its petals with a rounded apex and by the lip with a smooth margin.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum monosepalum Barb.Rodr. 1882; Phyllorchis napelli (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dung 1975 drawing fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 - erroneous - states may not be from the Philippines; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing fide; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 2 2007 photo fide; The Organ Mountain Range, Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehauer 2008 photo not = B; Rodriguésia 63 (4) • Dec Mancinelli and Camargo Smidt 2012 drawing fide; Orchidees du Bresil, As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo, Espirito Santo Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo good;