Bulbophyllum nymphopolitanum Kraenzl. 1916 SECTION Lepidorhiza Schlechter 1911

Photo by Piotr Markiewicz and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name refers to the town of Nymphenburg where the Munich Botanical Garden is located

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4 cm]

Found in the Philippines at elevations up to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with an ovoid pseudobulb carrying single, apical, leathery leaf and blooms in the winter on a basal, 4" [10 cm] long, 4 or less successively flowered inflorescence that holds the fragrant [foul] flowers below the leaf, requiring shade and humid conditions

Sometimes cited as a synonym of B trigonosepalum and Bulbophyllum levanae and are all very similar. If they are all the same species then B levanae takes precedence as it was written first

This species and the following are all related within the so called B nymphopolitanum complex and are similar in appearance, <B papulosum, B recurvilabre, B trigonosepalum, B levanae and B mearnsii and B basisetum .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 12 2000 photo fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2011 photo/drawing fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;