Bulbophyllum lilacinum Ridl. 1896 SECTION Racemosae Benth & Hkr.f 1883

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Common Name The Lilac Bulbophyllum [refers to the color]

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in northern penninsular Malaysia and Thailand as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 5" between each narrowly ovoid, slightly 4-angled, smooth pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, fleshy, oblong, apically shortly blunt-pointed leaf with the base narrowing to a short petiole that blooms in the fall on a 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long inflorescence enveloped by a few large sheaths and the drooping, densly many flowered rhachis is 6" [15 cm] long and has flowers that do not open widely.

This orchid needs a tree fern mount, partial shade, high humidity and regular water and fertilizer.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum lilacinum var. sorocianum M.Ahmed 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections drawing fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; /photo fide; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Teo 1985; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfadden and Wood 1992 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov1 , Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 9 2012 photo fide