!Bulbophyllum occlusum Ridl. 1885 SECTION Alcistachys Schlechter 1924

TYPE for the section

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Common Name

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar in humid, mossy evergreen forests at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters on dead trees as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte requiring shade and high humidity and have close-set, orbicular to widely oval, compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 oblanceolate, persistent leaves that blooms on a 12 to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, sheathed, inflorescence that carries many [20] large, colorful flowers enveloped by light colored floral bracts occuring in the summer and fall in nature. Best grown on a treefern mount or cork slabs with sphagnun pads, given regular waterings, high humidity and light shade.

Synonyms Phyllorchis occlusa (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing good; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;