Bulbophyllum nigericum Summerh. 1962 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862


Plant and flowers

Photos by Vincent Droissart and The Orchidaceae of Central Africa Website

Full shade WarmCold Fall

Common Name The Nigerian Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon in montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 2050 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing lithophyte or epiphyte with .28" to 1" [.8 to 2.5 cm] between each ovoid, slightly flattened, obtusely 4 angled pseduobulbs carrying 2, apical, erect, coriaceous, thick, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, obtuse, slightly emarginate, midrib prominent abaxially, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, distincly swollen towards the apex, glabrous , 3.2 to 21.2" [8 to 23 cm] long, 7 to 30 flowered inflorescence with 9 to 14, tubular, acuminate, fibrous, keeled and glabrous abaxially bracts and spreading, concave, ovate, acute to slightly acuminate, fibrous, keeled and glabrous abaxially floral bracts and carrying distichous flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo good; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing ok